“With a long life I will satisfy him
And I will let him see My salvation.” (Amplified Bible)
Leonard Nimoy, the famous actor from the popular television series Star Trek, incorporated this abbreviated Jewish blessing into the show as the official Vulcan greeting. Mr. Spock, his character, would pronounce the phrase “Live long and prosper”, which was accompanied by the somewhat difficult to perform “Vulcan salute”. As a child, Nimoy’s grandfather took him to an orthodox Jewish synagogue where he witnessed the blessing first hand, which left a life long impression. The universally recognized hand gesture was actually performed with both hands by the priest, thumb to thumb, representing the Hebrew letter “Shin” which means El Shaddai (Almighty God), as well as Shekhina (dwelling) and Shalom (peace).
What a powerful salutation! Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High and have made the Lord their refuge, consistently declaring His protection and safety, are entitled to longevity, and satisfaction in life. The blessing the psalmist added as a benediction to this poetic song of victory is still being pronounced today. No wonder Jewish communities reflect the prosperity of a true and living God.
When this scripture was brought to my attention. it was a game changer for me! The thing is, it was in my bible the whole time.
And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. (Galatians 3:29 NLT)
Everything God promised Abraham and his seed has already been deposited into my spiritual bank account. I am entitled to live the God-kind of life; preserved, protected, and prosperous. Now that’s a complete salvation compensation package!
Did you know that there is even a “live long and prosper” emoji on your mobile device? That even trumps a fist bump and an elbow rub! Live long and prosper, my friend! 🖖