Leading Idea: The act of Blessing

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In this passage God blesses three things.

  • The animal kingdom – the first blessing is to flourish and ‘become many’
  • Human Beings – the second blessing is to flourish, become many,  to  subdue/tame  the rest of creation and have dominance / predominance in relation to it.
  • Shabbat – the third blessing is to be made holy / sanctified.

What is it to bless something / someone? Is a blessing something conferred by one being onto another? (without their participation) or is it relational? What is the difference between blessing animals, persons, and a day, and the difference in the content of these three blessings?