“Therefore God give thee the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine” (Genesis 27:28).
The blessing of Isaac to both his sons, Jacob and Esau, was a true blessing in the truest meaning of the word. The “dew of heaven” was more than natural. It conveyed an eternal promise of the holy Presence to dwell with us continually.
Dew: (Heb. Tal), To strew over, to cover, especially vegetation
So precious was this blessing; it was passed down, even to Moses who imparted it to Joseph’s seed, when Moses blessed the Tribes at the end of his days: “Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and the deep that couches beneath” (Deuteronomy 33:13).
As the dew refreshes all vegetation: the green grass and herbs of the ground, so there is a refreshing, renewing and sustaining moisture of the water of life to the soul, from “the dew of heaven.”
The heavenly dew is a holy presence that covers us with life giving water, especially in the morning and evening vespers in the offering of our prayers to the LORD.
In a Song of Moses sung to the great congregation of Israel, we hear these words:
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. (Deuteronomy 32:1-2).
There is a danger in departing from our sweet fellowship with the LORD, from attending to our prayers in the house of the LORD. We dare not take the precious presence for granted as Israel did in the days of Haggai, the Prophet. They dwelt in their houses and left building the house of the LORD for a later day. The LORD said to them, “Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:7). “The heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit” (Haggai 1:10).
In the days of Elijah, the Tishbite, the Prophet said to the King of Israel, during the time when Israel worshipped the Baals and Ashtoreth, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew, nor rain these years, but according to my word” (I Kings 17:1).
Oh, may we seek Him daily, continually; may we hunger and thirst to be in His Presence. “As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O God” (Psalms 42:1); so says the Psalmist.
In his great distress, Job cried out:
“Oh, that I were as months past, as in the days when God preserved me. . .as I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle. . .my root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand” (Job 29:2,4,19,20).
We long for the “dew of heaven” to lay upon our branches, to heal, restore, refresh, renew, repair our spirits, souls and bodies.
The “dew of heaven” means favor from the LORD. It is the symbol of the manifested grace of God. It is His smile, His touch, His gentle zephyr upon our heart. Oh, how gracious, how loving, how tender is the “dew of heaven” as it lays gently upon us, and covers us in His embrace.
The “dew of heaven” brings life, eternal life . With the dew of heaven “the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things” (Zechariah 8:12).
The “dew of heaven” brings unity, and a bond of peace: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments. As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even Life Forevermore.” (Psalms 133).
Unity, peace, the precious anointing oil and the “dew that descends upon Zion.” In His covering Presence; yes, that is where the commandment is fulfilled: Life Forevermore!