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The Five-Fold Blessing of Asher

written by Asher Intrater
January 15, 2000

The name Asher in Hebrew means “blessed.” Through Yeshua we receive the blessings of all the forefathers. Here is the particular blessing given to the tribe of Asher by Moses:

Deut. 33:24-25

Blessed is Asher with children. May he be pleasing to his brothers and dip his foot in oil. Iron and copper are from your shoes and as your days so is your strength.

There are five parts to this blessing. We need to take these blessings by faith and defend them from the attacks of the devil. God intends to bless us with all these blessings. He blesses us with them from the spirit (Eph. 1:3). But we need to stand aggressively if they are to come to pass upon the earth. In fact, Yeshua has already provided for us these blessings upon the cross (Gal. 3:13). We break in almost violently to take hold of what God has provided in the spirit and through Yeshua in the kingdom of God. (Matt. 11:12).

Children Blessed

Whenever a man makes a covenant with God, he is blessed. Part of this blessing is that God will grant special favor to his children. That favor helps to draw our children to be close to the Lord. It helps to point them in a godly and moral direction. It also bestows physical and financial blessing upon them.

As believers, our children are blessed. God’s spiritual favor is poured out upon them. However, sometimes it doesn’t look that way. And also, the devil focuses special attack upon them. So we stand against circumstances of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We believe and thank God and insist in prayer for God’s blessing to be manifest in our children.

Favor with Friends and Co-workers

Sometimes as we serve the Lord it seems that everyone has abandoned us or rejected us or betrayed us. That hurts. We have to overcome the loneliness. Yet despite what it sometimes feels like, we actually have grace and favor with others around us. That includes believers and unbelievers. God can give us favor even with our enemies (Proverbs 16:7).

The word here in Hebrew is r’tsui which means pleasing to and also reconciled to. Where there have been relational breakdowns, God will give us reconciliation. Where people have seemed to dislike us, God will make us pleasing to them.

Locked onto Evangelism

Moses said that Asher’s shoes would be of iron. In context, this refers to precious mineral oil being found in the hills of the tribe of Asher. However, spiritually we also find a blessing connected to the gospel. It says here that his shoes would be blessed. This is similar to the statement of Paul in Ephesians 6:15 that our shoes would be ready to go and preach the gospel.

The word for iron here is barzel, which also has the spiritual meaning of being firm, resolute and iron-willed. The blessing is that we will be like iron going forth to evangelize.

The word for shoe is na’al which is the same root as the word to lock. It is used figuratively to lock onto something, such as locking onto a goal or a target. We become locked on and focused on sharing the gospel.

Anointed Wherever You Go

Moses’ blessing states that we will dip our foot in oil. This also refers to an agricultural blessing in ancient times, but again we see the spiritual dimensions. Oil, of course, represents the anointing. When it says our feet will be dipped in oil, I take that to mean we can be anointed of the Holy Spirit in whatever place or location that might be.

Getting Stronger With Time

There is a tendency for believers in the natural to become tired and weary of well doing with the passage of the years. Some get burned out. Some get disappointed. Some begin to lose the power and fire of the Lord as they get older. Perhaps you are struggling to overcome some disappointment.

But the blessing of the Lord reverses this natural process. Not only does our strength not have to wane, but we can get stronger with each passing year. As the number of the years increases, so will our anointing and faith increase. We may feel weaker in the flesh, but “where we are weak, He is strong.” (II Corinthians 12).

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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