One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Numbers 5-8.
“Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special 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.’ Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” ~Numbers 6:23-27
The Lord himself will bless his children!
The blessing of the Lord for the children of the Lord. It’s not a proxy blessing that the Lord sends through others. It’s a blessing directly from the Lord because he longs to be in relationship with his children. His desire to be in face-to-face relationship with his children was so great that he himself would come and live among us.
Sending a message through someone else would be wholly insufficient. Instead, He himself, in all his Holy glory, would come to personally bless and protect his children. He himself would come, smile upon his children, “rejoice over them with singing,” and “look at them with a immeasurable love.” He himself would come as the “Prince of Peace.” He would make his favor known, and nothing would ever have the power to separate us from his love!
But there’s even greater news! We are the children of God! “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” The decision to fully adopt us into this blessing was made in advance, we have a family, and the God of all creation delights in us!
The Lord himself delights in us, his children!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
#John1:14 #Mark10:21 #Zephaniah3:17 #Isaiah9:6 #Romans8:38 #Ephesians1:5