Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 6th, 2019
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 (NIV)
The Aaronic Blessing
Last Thanksgiving, an online list of reasons for being thankful for doing business in Canada says, “it’s human nature to focus more on the challenges than it is to ponder just how fortunate we are to do business in Canada. Anyone can start a business in Canada and we’re reasonably free to do business as we see fit. We don’t have to bribe officials, be a certain gender, or worry that a change in government could bring it all down around our ears. Instead, we all enjoy security, support and incentives.”
The blessing is an integral part of the history and religion of the people of Israel. God put His blessing on Israel, Abraham put his blessing on Isaac, and so forth. There is power in blessing others in the name of the Lord, so much so that God gave a specific blessing for the people of Israel that has come to be known as the Aaronic blessing. It is found in Numbers 6:24-26: “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.” When you consider that this blessing was given by the Lord Himself, we see how important this blessing is, not only to Israel, but to all whom the Lord loves. You never have to wonder if the Lord wants to bless you. It is clear here that He does, and on top of that, He offers His grace and His peace. These are all the things that the human heart longs for: blessings in our lives, grace that forgives and peace that comes when we are in a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.