Can you imagine…
There is a knock at your front door, a well-dressed person stands there, identifies himself as the official representative of an incredibly well-known, influential, powerful and wealthy person, and informs you that he has been sent officially to inform you of a wonderful gift that will be given to you… His words, “Be prepared for it – the benefactor, who authorized me to deliver this message, assures its arrival!”
I thought of that scenario as I read these well-known words in the Bible this morning…
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons [the Lord’s official representatives] to bless the people of Israel [God’s chosen people] 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 grant 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.” (From Numbers 6:22-27 NLT)
A few observations…
1) It is Almighty God’s intention to bless His people!
2) He has authorized His representatives to bless those who are His children!
3) When they bless God’s people in His name, in this way (either using these exact words or similar blessings)
4) God Himself, with all the resources of heaven and earth, stands behind the blessing and declares, “I Myself will bless them!”
This I believe! And in this way, in His name, I intend to bless others of His children!
Oh, you want a New Testament passage to back it up? How’s this one… “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus!” (Ephesians 1:3 NLT)