Tag: blessing of God
Scripture reading for February 12th: Numbers 5-8
Everybody wants to be blessed! The Amplified Bible’s expanded meaning of “to be blessed” is ” happy, to be envied, ” . Blessed people have good things coming their way. They enjoy an abundance and their lives are filled with joy and peace. This peace is beyond circumstances and permeates the soul and heart. In our reading for today, we find the Aaronic blessing that God instructed Aaron to speak over His people so that God could put His Name on them and bless them.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” “So they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:24-27)
One of the blessings mentioned here is being kept safe by the Lord. God is a refuge for His people and an ever-present help in time of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) The Lord is all-powerful and has the ability to stop any attack on His people. He promises protection to all who are set apart for Him.
A sign of God’s blessing is His smiling face! Isn’t it great to know that God can smile and is happy with you! One way that we can make God smile is to walk in faith. Faith is a prerequisite for pleasing God. (Hebrews 11:6) When our Father is happy with us His children, we know His grace will flow to us. Grace is His unmerited favor sending more than we deserve our way.
It is interesting that this blessing comes right after the description of the Nazirite vow that could be taken by one who voluntarily wanted to consecrate himself to the Lord for a set period of time. This Nazirite vow speaks of Jesus Christ, who as known as a Nazarene, for his original home town of Nazareth. Jesus voluntarily set Himself apart to fully obey God, His Father. Jesus offered Himself fully as a sin offering for all of us. Because of His faithfulness, and by faith in Him we can enjoy better than the Aaronic blessing! We have open access to God’s throne by Jesus’ blood. We can come before Him and know His smile of pleasure and His joy is in us. His gracious gift of eternal life is ours forever! We will see His face one day!