Numbers 6:22-27 – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” 27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” NKJV
Picking up where we left off in the last devotional regarding “linking” God’s Name to a human being there are some things that are very germane to our discussion that I want to address here:
In the Bible, the term “name” speaks of the fullness of a Person’s Character. It is a revelation of “who” they are and “reveals” their character. This is why we see “name changes” in the Bible because “character” changed. Here in the Western World, a “name” is just something we call someone to identify them and not necessarily a reflection of “who they are” or their “character”. We frequently go for novelty, honoring a parent or grandparent or it reflects a particular preference on the part of the parents.
HOPEFULLY, THAT MAKES SENSE! The “Name” of God means the FULLEST OR MOST COMPLETE REVELATION of His Character! It is WHO God is in His essential being! Thus, to “Bless” is to “put” God Name upon a person. To “Bless” is to “link” God’s name with human beings!
It is to bring into this Company of People a “revelation” of “Who God Is!” If you want to know “Who God Is” – – you look at the person who has been “blessed”. There has been a “revelation” of GOD’S CHARACTER in that person, THEY ARE BLESSED! They manifest Him!
Therefore, as a result, that person or Company of People have, become the arena in which God plays out “Who He Is”. THEY ARE BLESSED! They demonstrate to the world the “Character of God”. THAT’S BLESSING!
2 Samuel 7:23 – “And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name — and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land — before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?” NKJV
NOW THE QUESTION? You have heard the expression “make a name for yourself”, right? That results when a person has won his place in this world. He has demonstrated his powers, talents, and abilities. He has a name a reputation!
2 Chronicles 7:14 – – The People of God are called “My people who are called by My Name…”
We Christians are the People of God who are called by His Name. I’m not neglecting Israel but I am addressing followers of Jesus Christ! CAN YOU SEE IT? When you think of these people you immediately think of their revelation of God’s Character!
Isaiah 63:19 – Those who are not in the People of God are called those who are not called by His Name.
Therefore, we are the Blessed People. You and I, in Christ Jesus are children of the Most High God through the Finished Work of Christ on the Cross and His shed blood. We have called on the Revelation of God’s Character that came to us in Jesus Christ. AND, as we called on His Name – – He placed His Name “in us”. NOW, there is a revelation in us of what kind of God He really is and who He really is!
We will get to the “speaking” of the Blessing next time, but I hope you will allow what I’ve said thus far sink in. Mediate on it! Muse on it! Examine it! Evaluate it! Run in through your grid of understanding in Scripture! As you go through your day go through it with the knowledge that you are BLESSED and what it means to be BLESSED. In you is the very character of God.
May your day be filled with glorious opportunities and fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit!