Malachi 3:10 “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another..?”

And then of course the very classic ending of the book, the very last word God leaves in our minds before 400 years of silence, and the first book of the NT is penned. 4:5.

“Behold – I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.”

Jesus shows us the heart of the Father – the same heart that should fill us as his followers. And with this kind of heart, families are renewed, society is strengthened and placed on a foundation of grace and love.

Gen. 49:26 reads, “Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills.” A father’s blessing is needed if we are to be healthy adults, and lead fruitful lives. The absence of this blessing is common, and many of us know how difficult it is to live without this sense of blessing. Yet it is all too common to live with a sense of having been robbed, as Esau was when Isaac stole the blessing of Jacob (Gen. 27).

But what is the heart of your true Father? To bless you! If you have never received the blessing of an earthly father, ask God to make his blessing known to you. He may do this directly, or through an older man who himself walks in this sense and freedom of knowing the blessing of the Father. Many of us have stood in for an absent or broken father who could not offer a blessing – and its a role that more of us need to take.