WHO SHALL BECOME THE GENERATION OF THE UPRIGHT?
August 30th: TODAY WE ARE READING & PRAYING PSALMS 112-118
The Hebrew word that means “generation” is dor (dore).
We understand the word, generation in English to represent, “a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor, or the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring.” (Webster’s Dictionary)
In Hebrew thought, ‘dor’ means something more than a biological line of ancestry, or a linear span of time. It is more than the continuity of a bloodline or DNA ancestry.
In Psalm 112:2, the scripture reads, “the generation of the upright shall be blessed”, the scripture is referring to continuity that is not limited to successive generations; grandparent, parent, child. This is about spiritual continuity, that might have to skip a few generations until another arises with the same spirit.
OUR WESTERN MINDSET TENDS TO TAKE OVER… and we can’t hear the scripture from the Hebrew at all. The meaning of ‘generation’ in English, is completely different than the meaning of ‘generation (dor)’ in Hebrew.
In a recent blog I wrote called, Connecting the Dots, we reviewed the genealogy of Shem (Genesis 11). In following the line of descent from Shem to Abraham, what we saw is the anointing transfer from Shem to Eber to Abram. The anointing did not pass “in single steps from ancestors to ancestor.”
The anointing may have to skip a few generations. The anointing has to be caught. If the next generation doesn’t want it, they don’t have to have it.
Not everybody wants it and it’s not for everybody.
Some prefer a life of idolatry, sin, etc., like Ham, Canaan, Terah… and some of their sons.
The dor (generation) of the upright shall be blessed, that’s singular not plural. The blessing might not pass from dor to dor, the way we are accustomed to process the meaning in our minds. However, it will pass to the one in the generation who chooses to carry on the continuity of the blessing. Who will seek the anointing of GOD?
GOD will wait for a ‘dor’ to open, and the King of Glory shall come in!
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.
Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in your house: and your righteousness endureth for ever.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: because you are gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
A good person sheweth favour, and lendeth: they will guide their affairs with discretion.
Surely you shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
You shall not be afraid of evil tidings: your heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Your heart is established, You shall not be afraid, until you see your desire upon your enemies.
You have dispersed, You have given to the poor; your righteousness endureth for ever; your horn shall be exalted with honour.
The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; they shall gnash with their teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Additional Insights into the Dor…
I’m sure I have not said it enough yet, but words in Hebrew have far more depth than in any other language. Hebrew words have spiritual meaning, numerical meaning, symbolic meaning (pictographically), even the shape of each letter is significant. This means that we basically cheat ourselves out of the richness and depth of meaning, by viewing the Hebrew letters and words in such a common way as we do in English. It’s too linear, too narrow.
For instance, ‘dor’ is spelled with 3 letters, dalet (d) vav (o) reish (r) in Hebrew.
Spelled backward we have the opposite of dor, reish—vav—dalet (rey’d)
rey’d in Hebrew means to Decline.
Dor means to move forward in continuity vs rey’d which means to go backward and decline. If the generation is not moving forward spiritually, all that remains open to them is spiritual decline. Grow or stay stuck and decline.
Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: is a promise made to those that choose to follow GOD, it’s not a promise to the world at large. They have to choose Him.
Not everyone in Shem’s line chose GOD.
The generation of the upright shall be blessed.
The generation of the upright, nurtures and grows spiritually, accepts the WORD, pursues it, and honors GOD. They continue the bloodline of the righteous.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58