Friday, March 08, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of God's Blessing

[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile! Psalm 67:1 MSG

In Numbers 6:22-27 we read the account of God telling Moses how Aaron (the priests) are to offer a special blessing to the people of Israel. This blessing is two-fold, a request of God to bless and a blessing to be received. One purpose of the blessing is to ask God’s mercy to cover another. A second purpose models compassion and demonstrates love and encouragement to others. This is involves the one who offers the blessing. The Priestly Blessing ~

May the LORD bless you and protect you,
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace. (NLT)

The priests are to call upon the name of God. The blessing asks God’s presence to dwell with them and meet their needs. We, too, are to call upon the LORD. We, too, desire to bear the mark of His mercy and grace. Offer a blessing today by speaking someone’s name before the Lord Most High, calling on Him to mark that person with grace and blessing. We bear the mark of God's blessing as He blesses us through our compassion to others.
  • Read Numbers 6:22-27: consider the blessing; consider blessing someone. 
  • Read 1 Peter 2:5: who is Gods holy priest? How do you respond? 

LORD, let Your blessings flow through me to others. I find great delight and wordless sighs in Your presence.  – dho

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