Monday, November 7, 2022

BENEDICTION

Today’s Reading: Numbers 5-6

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In 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in these caves in the region known as Qumran, next to the Dead Sea. The scrolls are a collection of 972 texts, consisting of Biblical manuscripts from the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament). It has been considered the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th Century. Many of the Scrolls date back to the first century and earlier. They attest to the accuracy of the Biblical text through the centuries.

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Key Verse: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

 

Quarantine for communicable disease is an example of the care God had for His people. God gave instructions for physical blessings. Restitution for wrongs committed is an example of the social care God has for His people. God blesses His people by love and mercy, and because He cannot and will not tolerate sin, He makes provision for forgiveness through atonement. In this way He provides for restoration of relationships. “At-ONE-ment” is gained through restitution and a sacrifice for sin. Jesus provides all this for us through His life and death.

We might want to read an example of the “Nazirite vow” in Judges 13:5, the story of Sampson. Let us also consider giving someone today a benediction. The meaning of benediction is to “say a blessing.” Our key verses are magnificent words of blessing.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You promised that “When He the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.” I’m reading from an English translation of Your Hebrew Bible. I have difficulty understanding all You are saying to me, Lord, so I ask for Your Holy Spirit to teach me. Thank You for speaking such a marvelous blessing over me as found in the key verses. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I was honoured to be the Pastor of a wonderful congregation in the northern city of Sudbury. I was blessed to find the great strength of love and unity among the people. This strength produced in me a confidence that God could and would do big things in Sudbury. My predecessor was the late Rev. Homer Cantelon. His ministry produced that strength I experienced. I was thinking of him as I read the Sampson story. Homer was not only strong spiritually but also physically. I was told lots of stories such as Homer picking up one end of a Volkswagen beetle. The men were suitably impressed. At one time, Homer worked in the nickle mines after returning from Europe as a WWII veteran. A miner came to our church looking for Homer to perform the marriage of his son. He reflected back on his former workmate and said, “The men would tease Homer about his faith. Homer was so strong that he could’ve beaten them easily in a fight, but he was kind to them instead.” He then said, “Homer is the only real Christian who is a minister in Sudbury.” I explained that Homer had moved away and offered my services. Against his better judgement, he agreed for me to do the marriage. Later, the whole family gave their lives to Jesus. Thank You Jesus, and thank you Homer.

Yours to help us all “say a blessing” on others,

David

6 thoughts on “Monday, November 7, 2022

  1. Lord God, bless all Your people everywhere. Each one needs You more than they know. Bless all Your workers, and they they in turn be a blessing to You and others. Bless all those who are weak and weary and discouraged, for You are strong, You never sleep, and You overcame even death. Thank You, bless You, for You are worthy of all praise, in Jesus’s great name, amen

    • Amen Rob , for your prayer.
      My husband and I are in Florida now. Nice weather.
      Wonderful message at church yesterday. All about rapture and what to expect if you are not saved. I can’t imagine spending eternity in hell. He told how to get to heaven.
      After the service I praised the man giving the sermon. I hope all were listening very carefully.
      We do have a good number of Christians in our park. So nice.
      I pray you all have a blessed day in the Lord.

  2. Amen to your prayer, Rob!

    Lord, I ask you to bless my fellow bloggers.
    May You be gracious to them! May your face shine upon them and may You grant them Your Shalom Peace! Amen!

    Remembering those who have asked for prayer. May you receive encouragement today, in the Name of our Precious Saviour, Jesus.

  3. Amen,Rob.May that be my prayer also and I share this one with those who it may comfort.God bless
    Never Weep

    May angels watch o’er you while you sleep,
    May faith be so strong you never weep
    And may love be in your heart so deep,
    That happiness is yours to keep,
    Then when the dawn begins to peek
    May your day bring the love you seek
    As you spread joy with words you speak
    When you serve the Lord amongst the meek.
    (GW) Bill Marshall/25-Jan-16

  4. Amen to your poem, William. Blessings all today. So beautiful here in S Ontario with the sun shining brightly. Jesus sticks closer than a brother. Thank You Lord. Amen

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