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Benediction

Description

God blesses His people by love and mercy, and because He cannot and will not tolerate sin, He makes provision for forgiveness through atonement.

Today’s Reading: Numbers 5-6

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 indicates 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. Consider giving someone today a benediction. “Benediction” means, “say a 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 honored to be the pastor of a wonderful congregation in Sudbury. I was blessed to find the great strength of love and unity among the people. This strength gave me confidence that God could and would do big things in Sudbury. My predecessor was Rev. Homer Cantelon. His ministry produced that strength I experienced. I was thinking of him as I read the story of Sampson recently. Homer was strong both spiritually and physically. I was told stories such as Homer picking up one end of a Volkswagen beetle. At one time, Homer worked mining nickle after returning from Europe as a WWII veteran. A miner came to our church looking for Homer to perform the marriage of his son. Reflecting back on his former workmate he 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. Later, the whole family gave their lives to Jesus. Thank You Jesus, and thank you, Homer.

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