The Blessing ~ Part One

The words of Numbers 6:24-25 (above) are familiar to most people who attend traditional church services since it’s common to hear the pastor, priest or minister repeat these verses at the close of a service. However, many believers hear the words as little more than a feel-good prayer without ever giving much thought to their meaning.

So over the next few posts, we’ll take this passage apart and see what this Old Testamant blessing means to us today.It’s normal to hear believers in Jesus pray for the “blessing” of God as if it’s a tangible gift to receive or an answer to some long-awaited request. While there’re always earthly things we want and should turn to God for, those aren’t the real and enduring “blessings” of God.

Ephesians begins with the solid affirmation that as His children, the Father “has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Eph 1: 3) Don’t just blow by that important phrase. Notice that the word “blessed” is in the past tense.  The implication is clear… Our greatest blessings have already been given to us through our relationship with Christ.

Everything you truly need is found in Him and because you are joined with Him through faith, your blessing from Him is full and complete.  That means that because of your relationship to Him that was forged through His sacrifice on the cross, in Him, you “lack no good thing.” (Ps 34:10)

So as you look around at your life that may seem incomplete in a lot of ways, remember that you have been given “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” and are already in possession of “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” (1 Peter 1:3-4)  And that is the greatest ‘blessing’ one can ever receive.

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