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By Peter and Linda Miller-Russo
The curse of YEHOVAH is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
                                                     - Proverbs 3:33

What is the difference between a wicked person and a just person? Consider two words from the verse above; the word "wicked" and the word "just." The root of the word wicked is "wick." Just as a candle's wick is twisted, a wicked person is twisted, i.e., they "see" the world in a non-righteous or un-holy way. The word "just" means "to be righteous." In the context of the verse above "just" (justice) can be equated to YEHOVAH'S righteousness--His Holy Law. Therefore it is not our self-righteousness that brings the blessings of YEHOVAH upon our home, but rather we are blessed when we, in our hearts and actions, adhere to YEHOVAH'S righteousness--His Torah, His Law, His instructions.

Webster's dictionary defines a blessing as: "the act or words of one that blesses" and "a thing conducive to happiness or welfare." In ancient Hebrew times a "blessing" represented the favor of the person bestowing it and depending on that person's standing could be immensely valuable. Of the many blessings found in the Bible there are many that relate to either the Creator's name or His Son's name. Some of these "blessing" verses could also be considered as promises-promises from YEHOVAH. We've included those verses as blessings since a promise from the Creator is one of the best blessings that a person could be given.

Sometimes a blessing is unconditional, in other words it is given without a required or expected action from an individual or group.  This is the case with the first blessing in the Bible where Elohim proactively blesses His creation Adam and Eve:

Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
                                                                   - Genesis 5:2

Elohim did not put any conditions on that blessing.  There were no conditions to be met.  This is an unconditional blessing.  In contrast Elohim also promised conditional blessing--blessings that depended on a person or group's actions:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
                                                           - II Chronicles 7:14
In this blessing the people of Israel must repent and seek Elohim in order to receive forgiveness and healing.  This is a conditional blessing based on their actions.  Even the blessing of freedom from bondage from Egypt required the Israelites to perform an action:
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
                                                                  - Exodus 12:13
The Israelites were instructed to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and to spread the blood on the doorposts of their homes so that the promise of protection from the plague could be fulfilled. Had one or more of them not complied with these conditions, they, like the families of the Egpytians, would suffer the death of their firstborn.

We must admit that the Father knows more than we. 
We must humble ourselves and trust Him.

Salvation, similar to the release of bondage of the Israelites as written in Exodus, also is a conditional blessing.  It is our release from the bondage of Satan.  While the concept that salvation is conditional may make one uncomfortable we must once again humble ourselves and trust in the Father.  The following verses in the Name of the Father and the Son contain show conditional requirements of the promise of salvation.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of YEHOVAH shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as YEHOVAH hath said, and in the remnant whom YEHOVAH shall call.
                                       - Joel 2:32
You must call on the name of
I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of YEHOVAH.
                                          - Psalms 116:13

You must call on the name of
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.          
                                     - Matthew 10:22
You must endureth to the end.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Master Yehoshua, and shalt believe in thine heart that Elohim hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
                                           - Romans 10:9
You must speak out (declare)  that Yehoshua is your Master, and believe in your heart that Elohim raised him from the dead.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Elohim, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohim.
                                        - John 1:12-13
You must receive him (accept him) and believe (trust) on his name.
Certainly, the salvation of mankind was paid on the cross by the sacrifice of YEHOVAH (John 3:16) who gave His only begotten Son, Yehoshua (Jesus) as the perfect lamb whose blood covers the doorposts of our hearts so that we do not have to take the penalty for our sin, but until we accept that gift it remains un-received and we remain without the ultimate blessing of eternal life in the heavenly Kingdom of our Elohim. 

Elohim loves us and Yehoshua loves us but they do not compel us to love them nor accept them.  Love is a choice we make--therefore choose wisely, choose the blessing, choose eternal life.