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The Blessing

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Perspective of sacrifice

Many of us treasure the Bible as an inspired gift from the Creator who wants us to know his love for us— and our need of him.

What is just as clear is that those same Scriptures can leave us with the still unfolding Story of a wonderfully good Servant-like God who is calling us into the eternal joy of his presence— or the opposite impression of a glory-seeking King of the universe who promises to torment forever those who live and die in their sin— for lack of his intervention and saving grace.

Maybe it’s honest to admit that there’s a lot about the Scriptures we don’t yet understand, while being quite sure that we have seen in the face of Jesus a God who would die to save the most messed up and worst of us (Rom 11:33).

Seems to me that I hear the voice of a Jesus-like God in the blessing that Moses instructs Aaron and the priests to speak in the hearing of a wandering, wilderness-worn people. After offering up sin, burnt, and peace offerings they are to lift up their hands and say to an often troubled, rebellious, and dying people,

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  (Numbers 6:24-26) (Lev 9:22-24).

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121 Responses to “The Blessing”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    In the past we have agreed that the Bible account of the people exposed there exposes the best and worst of their nature. No tricks or hidden dirty laundry; the people are shown as being *human*.

    For some unenvious reason we, the readers of their story think we are above their character, because we get to see their failures, and erroneously think we can avoid them.

    I sometimes think one of the greatest difficulties of being Christian is that because we know the difference between right and wrong it our responsibility to correct everyone and apply our sense of doing right upon all, even other Christians. By use of threats instead of the example of Jesus.

    However threatening people isn’t the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19, 20), it is our commission to announce to the world of a wonderful blessing in that Jesus paid the price for our sins and God offers forgiveness to all who ask for it. (John 3:16, 17)

    In essence Jesus is the blessing offered in the example of Scripture verses Mart has given.

    How we are used by God in being a believer is dependent on God. He will empower us and anoint us to His task for us to accomplish. It is when we start thinking for God that trouble comes.

    For some of us all we are required has already been accomplished in accepting Jesus as Lord and entering the blessing of rest.

    For others they are *called* to a different life and though they too can rest in Jesus, they are used to accomplish a certain task.

    However both are equal in that they are recipients of the will of God.

    65, foggy and wet. The robins left about a week ago.


  • Mart DeHaan says:

    Thanks, Steve, for picking up the ball again this morning.

    On a side note, am wondering where the robins go from WV? Ours show up in early Spring from the South and don’t leave until mid or late fall… for, I would have thought, your kind of weather.