Read Genesis 9:18- 28
Focus on verses 25-27
A father has the power to bless or to curse his children. One need not look far in our culture to find examples of both. The difference it makes in the lives of the children can be astounding. In today’s reading Noah pronounces a curse on one of his sons and a blessing upon the remaining two.
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem;
and let Canaan be his servant.
May God enlarge Japheth,
and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
and let Canaan be his servant.” (v. 25-27)
The blessing of a father upon his children is first recorded here with Noah and his sons. It is a tradition that has continued in some way shape of form to this day. While it has been overlooked in many sectors of contemporary culture, it is still strongly present in a few circles. Whether or not the blessing of a father on his children is acknowledged or not in a culture does not seem to negate the negative effects that appear to result when the blessing is not given. It would seem to me that one of the things that every child looks for (regardless of how young or old the child may be) is to know that they have the approval or “blessing” of a father…preferably their biological father. When this is not possible due to the father’s unwillingness or inability due to absence or death, it appears to leave a void in the life of the child that if it is not addressed has negative manifestations in the life of the child until such a time as it is addressed somehow. This desire to have the blessing of a loving father is perhaps ultimately, linked to the vacancy we feel in our spirit until we accept the blessing of our heavenly Father, which is only available to us through a relationship with Christ.
This blessing of our Heavenly Father not only fills the void in our spirit, but it also can heal the ache that is felt when our earthly father fails us. My earthly father was not perfect, but I always felt that I had his blessing and support on the choices I made in life. For this I am thankful to God as it spared me the heartache that I often encounter in people who had father’s who failed them. We cannot go back an undo the past, however, we can by God’s grace break the cycle by passing on our blessing to the next generation.