“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” 1 Peter 3:12-16 (KJB)
Also consider reading 2 Chronicles 16 and note verses 7 – 10 especially: and Romans 8.
“Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; and sent Timothy, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: that no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.
But now when Timothy came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that you have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also you: therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: for now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
Now God Himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all even as we toward you: to the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
REFERENCES: 1 Corinthians 7:5; Acts 17:15; 18:1; 26:7; Philippians 4:1; 2 Corinthians 13:9; Zechariah 14:5
What do I want for Christmas today?
I want my thoughts, my life, my acts to always be on God, and things that will honor, glorify and praise His name; and have the heart to reflect His light, and that every moment of my life.
“As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” Proverbs 27:19 (NKJV)
Reading today from Numbers 4 – 6.
My comments today will deal only with the following verses –
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: the LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.'” Numbers 6:22-27 (KJV)
We can see reading from Scripture that it is God’s desire to bless His people. He desired to bless His people Israel and to give them peace. The verses of blessing are familiar to both Jews and Christians, and are often spoken; probably not as often as they could or should be among some Christians.
This blessing was given to Moses to give unto Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel. Moses followed the LORD’s command and delivered it just as God had said. It follows the law given concerning the Nazarite vow for consecrating one’s self to the LORD. There was blessing to one who consecrated himself to the LORD and would basically for a life time or for only a month follow the life of a priestly pattern. We have this blessing given to show us that God wants to bless all His people who will obey His commandments through loving Him.
It is a wonderful thing when God’s face is toward us, looking upon us. It is a dreadful thing when we think of His back being toward us. In the Blessed Son we are assured that His face is toward us; and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
We must remember that the greatest blessing is found only through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ Son of God. In Him we have the “Peace of God that passes understanding”. All these others are given for types, figures of the true.
Remember to read Numbes 4 – 6 for today.
-Tim A. Blankenship