Numbers 6:22-27 – “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: 24 The LORD bless you, and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ 27 “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.” NASB
The spoken Blessing of the Covenant is powerful and important for Christians of every age, especially today. We have lost much of its importance and power and thereby have given an advantage to the devil.
There is a verbal conveyance in Blessing. We use words! Out of our mouths are coming Words of Power! Through these words, issued in understanding and faith, we are releasing the power to enable those Blessed to attain the stated blessing. We are giving something to someone through words.
The question must immediately be, “What are we giving?” We are giving Power! We are releasing the ability for them to enjoy the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s Covenant and be successful, prosperous, healthy, and have a long life. All of that is inside the word “Bless” and that is exactly what the Hebrews understood when the Blessed. It was not simply a greeting it was a release of something powerful and wonderful.
When a Hebrew said, “God Bless You” it meant I endue you with the Power of God to be able to receive from God, long life, health, success, and prosperity. It was releasing the Goodness of God into the lives of people. That is powerful and makes me hungry spiritually. I hope I am whetting your appetite for more knowledge and in that knowledge the release of God’s Blessing in our lives and others around us.
We must not just view Blessing but consider the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Why? Because in the Fall, man entered a state of curse. Throughout the Bible, we have the contrast of Blessing and Curse. It is unavoidable and vital that we see the contrast. When man entered the state sin, he walked into the curse. This Blessing is a word that will Reverse the Curse!
Man, in the Fall, was living in a state of curse and now God says, “I’m going to walk into that situation and condition and Reverse it!” The result is that we are going to be Blessed! That is incredibly drawing to my heart and makes me desirous to be able to release it to others so they too can be Blessed.
In the Old Testament God separated a people (Israel) and entered a Covenant with them. Specifically, He entered a Covenant to Bless them. God entered a Covenant or Relationship in which He would Reverse the Curse. I hope you are following this train of thought.
These people are now going to Know God’s active goodness in their lives. They will be Endued with an unusual and uncanny power to live a healthy long life. Whatever they touch will be successful and prosperous and there is no natural explanation it is not natural it is supernatural. It is not their ability it is God. They have been Endued with power from God and they have been Blessed. That is what Covenant is all about!
Let me caution you. Now that the terms of the Covenant have been given and once this Blessing has been spelled out and released there is a condition. Unless they walk away from it, reject it, give it back to God, nobody can touch it or revoke it. It is theirs and the devil nor man can annul it. They would have to walk away from it for it to become null and void.
Let me illustrate it this way and hopefully, it will resonate more deeply with you. Remember Balaam? His donkey had more sense than he did. He was offered gold to curse Israel. He didn’t seem to be able to resist the gold even though he knew there was little chance of achieving the desired curse.
He went to a high mountain with the king that hired him to Curse Israel. But when he opened his mouth rather than a Curse came Blessing. He could not curse them. Finally, he said to the king who hired him, “God is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do it? Has He not spoken, and will He not make it good? When He has blessed, I cannot revoke it.”
That’s it, Balaam could not Curse Israel because God has Blessed them. The Blessings of God cannot be removed by man or the devil. Israel and we in Christ are surrounded and shielded by God’s Blessings. That is incredibly apparent in Psalm 91 and throughout the New Testament.
I must not stop here, but for the sake of space and time will pause and address this a little more next time. Until then, go with God and He will God with you and Bless you!
Have a Great Day!