Numbers 6:27 Nothing God Blesses More

Numbers 6:27 (KJV)
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

This is one of my favorite passages in the Word of God. It is also, I believe, a solemn responsibility of those in ministry to bless the people of God and to “put God’s name” upon them. 

Having considered the various commentaries about this, it seems to me to be something more than merely mentioning their names before God or preaching God’s Word to them. It seems to me that the implication is to work to mold them into the image of the Lord. In other words, to make them Christlike.

 There is nothing God blesses more. 

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Numbers 4:18 The Best Time To Forgive

Numbers 4:18 (KJV)
Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites:

In Numbers 16:1 we learn of Korah, of the family of the Kohathites, who rebelled against Moses and Aaron, gathered a group of dissenters, and was all killed at the hand of God. 

I wonder if this passage isn’t given in anticipation of that traumatic event and meant to prepare Moses and Aaron to “lay not his sin” to the charge of his family?

I see here in the Words of God wonderful mercy, grace, and foresight. The very best time to forgive is before an offense is committed. Not that the offense isn’t addressed, but that the offender and those associated are restored whenever possible. 

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Numbers 2:2 A Standard and An Ensign

Numbers 2:2 (KJV)
Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.

The terms standard and ensign are similar but arrive at their meanings from two very different paths.

One is individual and the other community 
A man was to have his own standard but his father’s house’s ensign. We have an individual responsibility to walk with God, but we are to do it in an organized body of believers. 

Both terms refer to an identifying banner or mark
I am free to worship God according to the dictates of my own conscience and I am to do so with others of like faith and practice. There might be, likely will be, bodies of believers that are very similar. I am not to carry their standard, but that of the church God has united me to. 

The term standard is military in origin. I ensign is agricultural 
I am a soldier of the cross. I am also to sow, water, and reap the fields of our Lord. As a soldier, I defend the doctrines handed down to me. As a husbandman, I labor to bring fruit for my Saviour. 

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Numbers 2:2 A Standard and An Ensign

Numbers 21:2 Unity and Encouragement

Numbers 21:2 (KJV)
And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.

Arad had fought against Israel and taken some of them prisoners, the response of which was to ask the Lord to enable them to defeat Arad. God hearkened and delivered the Canaanites. 

The very next verse says that Israel became much discouraged in the way. I was impressed that verse two represents Israel in the singular. 

  • Israel vowed
  • Into my hand
  • I will utterly destroy 

There is unity, singularity of purpose, prayer and plan

But when discouragement came, there came division. 

Consider – hardship brought them together; discouragement tore them apart.

This reminds me not only of the importance of unity but that of encouragement. To regularly, frequently and faithfully assemble together in the local church God has established us in, is a priority for love, for unity, for courage, and for encouragement.

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Numbers 21:2 Unity and Encouragement

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Numbers 13:17-20 Be An Encourager

Numbers 13:17-20 (KJV)
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

Moses sent the spies to gather information about the land. It seems to me he had commissioned them to bring back something encouraging, helpful; something that would excite the people with hope. They came back instead with an evil report[1]about the inhabitants. They were appointed to be encouragers. They were instead discouragers. 

It’s happened to me that I have asked someone to do a ministry, thinking they would be a blessing, but they turned that ministry into an opportunity to cause pain and hurt. 

I understand that there are dangers and difficulties that need to be reported but it is seldom a good idea to do that unless it is reported: 

  • At the right time, 
  • To the right persons and 
  • On the right platform

Otherwise use your opportunities of service to be an encouragement rather than a discouragement.


[1]They technically followed Moses’ instructions and brought some of the fruit of the land. There are people to attempt to justify their rebellion by obeying some part of their instructions that appeals to them or does not interfere with their rebellious intent.

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Numbers 13:17-20 Be An Encourager

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Numbers 10:32 Go With Us

Numbers 10:32 (KJV)
And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

After having stayed and communed with Israel for some time, when it appeared that Israel was about to set in motion, Hobab, considered returning to Midian to his old life and to his old relationships. Moses urges him to stay and then urged him again saying, “Leave us not, I pray thee…it shall be what goodness the Lord shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.”

There will always be people we have grown to love who, at a time of change, whether in their life or ours, will consider leaving. We can’t really stop them. But we can:

Invite them to join us 
vs 29

Encourage them not to leave us
vs 31 and

Share the goodness of God with those who stay with us
vs 32

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Numbers 6:23-27 The Lord Bless Thee

Numbers 6:23-27 (KJV)
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.

Concerning this blessing Albert Barnes writes,
The structure of the blessing is remarkable. It is rhythmical, consists of three distinct parts, and mounts by gradual stages to that peace which forms the last and most consummate gift which God can give His people. From a Christian point of view, and comparing the counterpart benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, it is impossible not to see shadowed forth the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. And the three several sets of terms correspond fittingly to the office of the Three Persons in Their gracious work for the redemption of man.”

I am interested in the final verse, “they shall put my name upon the Children of Israel.” 

It seems similar to putting the names of Israel on the garments of the priest. It is symbolic but it is important. The priest bore the burdens of Israel upon them by bearing their names. They kept the memories of Israel close to them. In a like manner, by pronouncing this blessing, the priests were symbolically placing the name of God on the people. 

  • They bore His Commandments 
  • They kept Him close to their hearts
  • The memory of God’s good hand was always with them

I still practice this blessing upon others, making mention of them in prayer. 

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Numbers 6:23-27 The Lord Bless Thee

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Numbers 3:36-37 Temporary Duty

Numbers 3:36-37 (KJV)
And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,
And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords.

It occurs to me that God knew all along He was giving these men only temporary assignments. The tabernacle only served the children of God 400 years. The sons of Merari could not have known it at the time God’s plan for them was limited. The tabernacle would be replaced with the temple and their job would be no longer required. God had something else for them in the future. 

The same is essentially true of whatever assignment we have today – it is temporary. Whatever part of the plan of God we have charge over today is but limited in time. Whether it is something as simple as a board that needs constant replacing or an ornament of gold, it will one day give way to that temple not made by hands, eternal in glory. 

Take good care of the charge God has given you. But don’t get too concerned about how big or small it is. God’s plan for your eternal future may be vastly different than what you are doing today.

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Numbers 35:10-11 Cities of Refuge

Numbers 35:10-11 (KJV) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan; Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares. I have a few thoughts about these refuge cities. First, it is interesting that this is the exact term being used by modern cities in opposition to President Trump’s policies toward illegals in our country. Those who are most resistant to Trump are the anti Christian crowds. They are using biblical terminology and ideology to resist Biblical principles. Second, they are declaring themselves to be refuge cities The Biblical model is that the people as a whole appointed such cities. Modern cities are falling on a Biblical principle but abusing the principle. God won’t bless it. Third the Biblical cities of refuge had a specific purpose. Modern cities of refuge attempt to hide out and protect illegal aliens. This is a concept clearly instructed against in God’s Word. Using God’s Word to disobey God’s Word is a devilish practice as old as Genesis chapter three. America needs to get a clue who is behind the liberal mentality of refuge cities (and other concepts connected with it). To my readers: I would love to hear from you. Leave comments below. For this and more than 4000 earlier Daily Visits with God visit https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com. There you will find daily visits going back to 2006. If you have been blessed by this blog, please subscribe to my feed and share it with others. For more resources from Pastor Marvin McKenzie visit http://puyallupbaptistchurch.com. My books are available at: My author spotlight at Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/marvinmckenzie My author Page for Kindle/Amazon http://www.amazon.com/author/marvinmckenzie

Numbers 35:10-11 Cities of Refuge

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Numbers 34:13-15 Their Reward

Numbers 34:13-15 (KJV)
And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe:
For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance:
The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.

I am sadly reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:1-5
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

They have their reward.

  • Not that it is the best reward
  • Not that it is the reward God would have had for them
  • Not that they would forever be happy with this reward

but they now have it. There is no further reward available for them. They demanded their “inheritance” before it was due and now there is no more inheritance for them.

What a sad choice when we choose some seen, tangible but temporal thing and loose any hope of unseen, spiritual but eternal riches.

 

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Numbers 34:13-15 Their Reward

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