So, they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them. – Numbers 6:27
God gave Israel many instructions before they left Mt. Sinai. A portion of that divine direction included rules that outlined the conditions for His blessing. God spoke to Israel about how to protect His name, His mercy, and His peace. God’s desired to bless Israel (for He had chosen them), but that blessing was (and is) His to give or take away. In addition, His blessing must inevitably lead to His greater glory, which was only possible if Israel remained obedient to His law. Finally, God gave requirements about who should be allowed to give (or pronounce) His blessing. This job was the exclusive right of the priests (as a class) and (particularly) His high priest (as the leader of them all).
The greatest condition of God’s blessing continues to be obedience, but it is no longer obedience to His law. In the same way, a person must pronounce God’s blessing, but since Calvary that gift can only come from one Person, God’s Great High Priest, His Son, Jesus Christ.
Have you been blessed? Then, your blessing should lead to God’s greater glory and all that glory should go to the One who made the blessing possible, Jesus.
Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected. – Jonathan Edwards
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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