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Hebrew-Style Blessings

This year in school as we are studying the ancient world, we are focusing very much on the Hebrew people.  We have really been studying the Old Testament in depth. One thing that the ancient Jewish fathers did was to bless their children. Next week are having a Passover Seder (yes, I am aware that it is falling nowhere near Passover) and I have asked Mark to write blessings for our boys. I was wondering if he’d actually be into it or if he’d think I am off my rocker about a mile and half. {Last Friday night he was greeted as he walked through the door with “Shabbat Shalom!” We made Challah, had candles on the table, which was set with our best china {except Samuel and Benjamin had plastic plates}. Our meal: Pork chops and sides. Not very kosher. The pork chops had been frozen, if I didn’t cook them they would have been wasted. The whole baking Challah and everything else was spur of the moment.} He was for it. To clue you in on some of the “whys” for the particular blessings he wrote I feel the need to explain the meaning of each of their names. Nathaniel- Gift from God; Jacob- Sneaky, Grabber; Benjamin- Favored, Son of My Right Hand; Isaac- Laughter; Samuel- Heard by God; Joseph- God Will Add/ Increase.


Nathaniel Jacob, may you treasure above all things the ultimate gift you have been given by God, which is Jesus Christ. May you become a man in whom there is no deceit and who is pure in heart. May you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And as your knowledge of Christ grows, may your love and passion for Christ increase so drastically that you will not only be a hearer of His word, but a doer of His Word. May you be completely surrendered and submitted to Christ and His Word in all areas of your life.

Benjamin Isaac, may you find your supreme and ultimate joy in Christ, who is seated at the right hand of His Father. May your joy and laughter not come from the evil things of the world, but from the passion and love that comes from knowing Christ. May your faith in Christ be so strong that you fear no person or thing except for God. May you seek to please Christ no matter what others around you say or do. May you constantly be amazed at God, His Word, His works, and His glory.  May you become a man who seeks to give God the most glory you can in everything you do.

Samuel Joseph, may you love Christ above all things and may your life be built on obedience to Christ and His Word. May God continually increase you faith, love, and devotion to Christ. May you always be a man of prayer whose prayers are always heard by God. May you always hide God’s Word in your heart so that you may not sin against Him. May you always stand for Christ, even if you are the only one. May you never back down from boldly and fearlessly proclaiming God’s Word. May you become a man after God’s own heart whose consuming passion is to please Christ in everything you do.

Numbers 6:24-26- The LORD bless you, and keep you; the LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.

We really went back and forth for a long time about whether to name Samuel Samuel Joseph or Samuel David.  I was tickled to see that he put “may you be a man after God’s own heart”.

I LOVE Tapestry of Grace!!! We have learned do much and really paid so much attention to the details of things in the Old Testament. I think I have learned more than the boys.


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8 thoughts on “Hebrew-Style Blessings

  1. What a wonderful thing! Those blessings were so powerful! I have been seeing alot posted in places about TOG and have checked their website out before. I will have to look at it when I can get to a homeschool convention. But, at this point, I know it is too much for my boys to comprehend yet. Maybe in a couple of years. But I love reading blogs of mothers homeschooling multiple boys, now that I have several in the house! Thanks!

    • mskelli on said:

      Tapestry of Grace is wonderful! I love that we are all doing the same thing together. Thank you so much for stopping by blog. I have really enjoyed reading yours about your family. I hope to be able to adopt from Ukraine some day. We have worked in the summer with an organization that hosts children each summer form various orphanages and it is just so sad to know the conditions the kids are living in.

  2. Diane on said:

    What beautiful blessings. I know they will cherish the word of their father for the rest of their lives.

  3. Sweet.

    I wish Tapestry of Grace had been around years ago or else that I had heard about it. My children don’t do well with group lessons, too wide of ages and abilities.

    We have done Passover Seders at home before. We loved the apple, nut and honey item, which I can’t remember the name. I really am getting old!

    Berean Wife

    • mskelli on said:

      We are (tentatively) planning a real Seder with the youth. This is somewhat of our practice run. Apple, honey, nut item= Charoset. Benjamin has a book with a Charoset recipe from Italy. I am thinking about using it and maybe a few other recipes from other countries so we end up with an international Seder. We were planning to do it tomorrow, but sickness has hit. Next week!

  4. My kids always enjoyed doing a Seder. Charoset is what I was talking about. 🙂

    Sorry about the sickness.

    Berean Wife

    • mskelli on said:

      I am really excited about the Seder. We have never done one, or even been to one. Very new to us. As I was reading over the Haggadah I was getting a little emotional. A passover Seder is a very powerful celebration.

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