This past week, we continued on a wilderness journey from Exodus to reading Numbers 1-8.
The intention of the Israelites was
to conquer Canaan immediately.
They had NO IDEA that they would spend 40 years wandering in the wilderness until all the men who rebelled against God had died. If they knew the straight road through the wilderness, it would have only taken them a few days to reach the promised land.
I am going to camp on one passage in the wilderness this week that has lingered with me. What lingers with you from your reading of the Word this week? Leave a comment here, long or short. Link us to your blog if you'd be willing to leave more there. We'd love to hear what touched you, what holds your heart?
The Lord continues to speak directly to Moses. God says to tell Aaron and his sons that this is how you are to bless the people wandering lost in the wilderness. Say to them:
Jehovah bless you and keep you
Jehovah make His Face shine upon you and
be gracious to you;
Jehovah turn His Face toward you and
give you peace.
Do you feel like you are wandering in your own wilderness today?
The verbs: bless, make, be, turn, give are written in the imperfect tense meaning that the action is in progress, a continuing action to this very day. For you.
The name Jehovah is used in the Hebrew language because it refers to God's Longing Love for us and His Provision in our wanderings. Your First Love.
There was a shorter route. And, the Travel Agent, Who was able to divide the Red Sea, surely could maneuver through a quicker, painless route to a promised land. But this Divine Agent leads His best friends right through the wilderness. No shortcuts. No detours on His itinerary. Just a loving good plan to humble us and do us some good. Deut. 8: 2,3.
John Piper said: "The good that God aimed to do through the wilderness testing was to make the people intensely, deeply and lastingly conscious of their total dependence on God for everything. God aimed to give them experiences in the wilderness which would make it impossible for a reasonable person to say, My power, my might or my hand has gotten me this wealth."
So whatever you wrestle with as you lay awake at night or ponder throughout your day, this blessing is for you from your God many years ago spoken to Aaron through Moses. Spoken for you this very day. Here are the cross-references for these verses. Scripture interprets Scripture.
May your beautiful JEHOVAH bless you today. May your present Father bless you in your city and in your country. Deut 28:3-6. May your Sovereign Father bless you all the days of your life and that means today through the day you see your children's children. May your Great Shepherd bless you and carry you forever. Psalm 28:9.
May your beautiful JEHOVAH keep you this day. May your Savior hide you in the Shadow of His Wings and keep you as the apple of His eyes. Psalm 17:8. For you, my good God, are my Hiding Place protecting me from trouble, surrounding me with songs of deliverance saying: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you." Psalm 32: 7,8.
May JEHOVAH'S Face shine on you today for our times are in His Hands. Let your Face shine and save me from my plight because of your Unfailing Love. Psalm 31: 15,16. Revive us and make your Face shine in us and through us. Psalm 80:3. Redeem us from oppression. Make your Face shine and teach us your Word. Psalm 119:134,135.
May your beautiful JEHOVAH be gracious and turn to you. May His Whole Face turn toward you. For our Omniscient God knows we are lonely and afflicted. Be gracious. Psalm 25:16. Turn to us. Have mercy on us. Give us your strength in our wilderness. Psalm 86:16. May the Living Word be gracious to us through His Word as we deal with our deceitful ways. Psalm 119:29
May JEHOVAH make His Face shine on you today. For it is not by your sword that you will win this land, not your arm that will bring you victory. It is the Right Hand, your Father's arm, and the Light of His Face, for your Heavenly Father so loves you. Psalm 44:3.
May JEHOVAH give you peace this very moment. For He says, I will bring healing to you and let you enjoy abundant peace and security. I'll bring you back from being trapped. I'll rebuild you as you were before. I will cleanse you from your sin. Only One can do that. And, you will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor! And you do. You so honor HIM. Jeremiah 33:6. I do not give you peace as the world gives. John 14:27. Now, may the Lord of peace HIMSELF give you peace by all means, always. II Thes. 3:16
And God told Moses in Number 6:27 to tell Aaron to give this blessing and that Aaron would put God's name on the people he served. I pray for you today, that first you receive God's Name for you this day. It's a revelation for you. Then, you go and put His Name on those you serve.
And His Name is this...The Becoming One.
God becomes to you this day what you need.
Your JEHOVAH'S arm awaits you.
Walk out on His arm today.