February 19, 2020: SOAP #3730:   Numbers 5-6; Psalm 22; Acts 26 Scripture:   Numbers (NIV) 6:23 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 upon you and be gracious to you; 26 […]

February 19, 2020: SOAP #3730:   Numbers 5-6; Psalm 22; Acts 26

Scripture:   Numbers(NIV) 6:23 Tell Aaron and His sons, 'this is how you are to bless theIsraelites.  Say to them: 
24 'The LORD bless you and keep you
25 The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.'     
27 So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.' 

Observation:     TheIsraelites developed traditions to respect God's name as Holy.  In fear of “taking it in vain” theyrefused to even speak it.  When readingthe scriptures, they would respectfully pause when coming to that name.  Here I see that God did not desire His nameto be withheld but spread.  The leaderswere to place His name on His people! They were to know that name.  Theywere to experience blessings in that Name. They were to look forward to hearing that name and being blessed in thatName.

How sad that today, that references to God and His Son Jesus are publicly heardmore in cursing than in blessing.  Theyare heard more in thoughtless phrases (Oh, my god!) than in meaningfulblessings (like the verses above.) 

Application:   Howspecial to know my Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus!   Howspecial to be blest in the name of Jesus! What a privilege to be allowed to pray to the Father in the Name ofJesus!   What a high privilege to be encouraged tobless others in the Name of the Lord!    

Prayer:   Lord,what a high honor to be identified with your name!  May the words that come out of my mouth showthat I am blest and thankful to know you and be your servant.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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