Numbers 5-7, Psalm 41
Gandhi has been quoted as saying ” I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”. During the time of the Old Testament, God would deliver His messages and blessings primarily through His prophets and priests. In the New Covenant, we are His holy priesthood. We read in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”. So as such, are we using this position as instruments of blessing or are we squandering our opportunities?
We see the simple yet elegant priestly blessing called the Aaronic blessing in Numbers 6:22-27. We read, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” “. We represent people before God, and we represent God before the people. Our perfect example of this is our great High Priest, Jesus Christ. May we be people who exude God’s grace, mercy, and peace in every setting of our lives. God’s blessing through Aaron was specific. We too, when in prayer or extending blessing towards another should be specific.
Though there was nothing striking about the appearance of Jesus, like a magnet He drew individuals from all walks of life towards Him. Tax collectors, prostitutes, sinners, etc were all drawn to Him. It was the tender-hearted compassionate grace so comfortably extended from Jesus towards others which drew them. May we look to Jesus as we extend blessings to others, exhibiting these same qualities. Then when others ask the reason as to our actions, always be prepared to give them the reason for your faith, 1 Peter 3:15 ” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”.
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