For starters, according to James chapter 3, just "speaking well of" someone is considered "blessing" and the opposite to that would be "cursing"; all done with the tongue. But there are other ways to "bless", such as helping financially so I would say that the "root" meaning of the word "bless", Biblically, would be to "bestow good upon" someone either physically or verbally. James 3 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men , which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing . My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
The majority of Jews are "Secular Leftists" or, as he says, "The least religious, religious group in America". That does not surprise me. A huge number of the Hollywood actors are Jewish and I certainly wouldn't consider most of them religious. But most Orthodox Jews vote Republican; that doesn't surprise me either. The Jews as a whole, according to the Word of God, are blind: they are in unbelief. But that doesn't relieve Christians of the responsibility to "bless" them and the nation of Israel.
.......Peanut hay? My Wife and I worked 125 sheep today. We recorded everyone's weight, checked their eye membranes for anemia, and sprayed them for mites. Kelley's lamb, a ewe, weighed 25 lbs; she has more than tripled her birth weight in about a month. When we were finished, we turned everyone out onto a supper of peanut hay which I had already pitchforked out in scattered piles. Nikkie's lamb choked on some hay, was foaming at the mouth and nostrils, and was jumping in the air as they commonly do to dislodge something. After awhile, I went back to check on him and found he was OK. On the way back, I noticed Molly and her twin lambs lying snuggled together in an uneaten pile of the peanut hay. I guess she had eaten until she was satisfied and decided to use it as a bed. I was reminded of something I was told about shepherds not letting their sheep bed down in the green pastures because good grass was too precious to he wasted. I do know from experience that the sheep soil their bedding areas so this may be the case. Perhaps Psalm 23 is showing us, among other things, that the Lord has enough "green pastures" that it's OK to lie down and rest in them. Maybe someone would like to elaborate on this?
Thanks Alan, This baby, a ram, was born Valentine's Day. His mother accepted his twin brother just fine but rejected him for some reason. . He stays with the flock but now comes running for the bottle when you go out there. http://images.craigslist.org/00101_lY0gCYpv9oe_600x450.jpg
A "bottle baby" was born last week. He is a twin, he's beautiful and his mother has a lot of milk , but for some reason she accepted the one and rejects the other. If you hold her head so that she can't butt him away, he wastes no time taking the opportunity to suckle. But we put him on the bottle too. If they aren't introduced to a bottle, early on, lambs will reject it. They will starve to death with the bottle in their mouth; baby goats will do it too. There are 62 lambs now. I think there are only two more ewes to go and they will be done for the season. Now to grow them and find buyers.
Instead of throwing food away like people do today, we ate everything on our plates. There were very few "scraps" from our table, not only because our parents taught us to eat it all, but because we worked up healthy appetites on the farm. If there were any scraps, they went to the dog or the hog pen. Nothing was wasted. I frequently hear folks that say "my dog won't eat that dogfood".....HA! He would on OUR farm.