Advent: December 2
Numbers 6:22-26 (again)
22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 ‘Tell Aaron and his sons, “This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
24 ‘“‘The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face towards you
and give you peace.’”
Have you learnt the words?
It’s easy to experience the blessing at the end of a service as like that of a cup a cup of cocoa, producing that warm and relaxed feeling before you go to bed/leave the building. Jacob would not let the angel (or was it God in human form) go before he received a blessing.
When the Lord blesses us, it means that we are placed in a favourable position – we will have unmerited successes that may touch any area of our lives. This could be in relationships, family, career, finance, health, to name a few. The blessing that Jacob received (stole) from his father Isaac was that which God had bestowed on Isaac. Jacob’s progress was spectacular.
We now have the right to pronounce this same blessing over others because of Jesus. God had given the words to Aaron to bless God’s people Israel, but God’s plan was to open up salvation and blessing to the world. This is a gift of grace, because we have no claim to it, except through the blood of Jesus. This blessing is also a gift of God’s grace that we may pronounce over others. Parents may proclaim it over their children, people over their fellowships, and even over secular organisations, such as your non-Christian neighbours,
What are we blessing others with when we say these words? Firstly we acknowledge that this comes from God, not us. We are praying (not praying for) safety, grace and favour in all aspects of their lives, businesses or positions. We are praying God’s peace in all aspects of their lives.
It’s worth spending time to spread God’s blessing.
Do you claim God’s blessing over your family?
Do you hold up individuals and neighbourhoods in prayer for blessing?
What about your schools, hospitals, services, businesses?
Father God, you gave special words of blessing to Aaron to bless the Israelites. We may now claim them through our Great High Priest, Jesus. I claim this blessing in my life as I proclaim it over the lives of others. Amen.