Tag: God’s Name.

The Joy of His Smiling Face!

Scripture reading for February 8th:  Numbers 6-10

Key Scriptures:  Numbers 6:22-27  “The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites.  Say to 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.”” 

God gave specific instructions as to how Aaron, the appointed High Priest and his successors were to bless God’s people.  They were to declare God’s blessing and protection over His people and declare His smiling face upon them and His grace and peace over them.  This would mark God’s people with His Name!

Rejoice in God’s blessing:  It will be the ultimate pleasure of all believers marked by God’s name through faith in Jesus Christ to see God’s face!  “They will see His face and His Name will be on their foreheads.”  (Revelation 22:4)

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God’s Name is blasphemed!

Scripture reading for July 15th: Romans 2:24-3:8

These were Paul’s words to his own people the Jews: “As it is written, “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Isaiah 52:5, Romans 2:24)  He was trying to awaken an awareness that their religion was not having the effect God desired on the nations!  God had called them to be a light to the Gentiles and through Abraham’s Seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed!  (Genesis 12:3, Luke 2:30-32)  Instead, they boasted in their law and in the fact that God had made promises to them through Abraham.

Paul went on to tell them that circumcision in the flesh was only of value if they obeyed the law.  If they broke God’s law, then they would be no different in God’s eyes than the uncircumcised Gentiles!  (Romans 2:25-27)  Yet if the Gentile kept God’s laws, then they would be accepted as righteous in God’s sight.  True Jews were not just outwardly circumcised, but had their hearts circumcised!  This circumcision could only be done by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ!

Paul was a Jew and knew just how the Jews thought.  He thought that way himself until Jesus revealed Himself on the Damascus road.  He was a Pharisee who knew the law “thou shall not commit murder”,  (Exodus 20:13) yet he judged Christians as unfit to live and sought to murder them while claiming to have favor with God!  Because of his own law-breaking, God’s name was blasphemed among the Gentiles!  True Christians were afraid of Paul but prayed for him!

Jews had an advantage because of the very words of God that they had given to them by the patriarchs and prophets.  They were instructed in faith through those words.  They would be held accountable by God for this advantage!  God would be proved justified when He judged them!  (Romans 3:4)  Some might twist this around to blame God, but God would be true!

Let’s examine our own lives today!  Do we claim to have Christ as our Lord?  Do we claim to have special favor as Christians and yet live in sin?  Are we causing God’s name to be blasphemed because of our own hypocrisy?  Lets judge ourselves first and get our own lives in order with God’s word and receive His grace!

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The 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!

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