Pastor's Corner - October 15th, 2021
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, 'This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: "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." '
"So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:22-27, NKJV)
God chose the people of Israel through His special relationship with Abraham, and blessings that He promised Abraham and his descendents, were passed down genealogically to the children of Israel - such that when they came out of the land of Egypt and began their journey to the promised land, Moses was given these instructions to provide to Aaron as High Priest.
This benediction that we see outlined here follows the general themes that we consider when we ask God to bless our youth today at the Blessing of Little Children. This year, we've pushed it back another week due to extenuating circumstances, but this weekend, we will have opportunity to bless those children who are eligible.
What are our desires for them? What is God's will for them?
1) That God would bless and keep them: There are so many challenges and difficulties in the world around us, and we desire that God would protect and care for them - that he would hedge them about, protect and watch over them. We desire that God provide them with their needs, that they might be met. That they might experience contentedness and success in life, and that He would draw them to Him.
2) That God would make His face shine upon them: God's countenance shining on His people is reflected in a few scriptures and is described as His divine favor. Psalm 44:3 talks of His right hand, His arm, and His countenance shined upon them, because He favored them. Psalm 80:3 talks of restoring that countenance upon them, that they might be saved. God's favor is important, His grace upon us - that we might receive the gift of salvation He has promised. We desire this for our children too.
3) Give you Peace: Peace is one of those things that is in short supply today, not just in the chaos of the world around us, and its fast-paced life, but the lack of conflict, the peace and comfort that can still the heart of man. This peace comes from God, and is an incredible blessing.
God desires the same thing for our youth that He desires for us. His will is our sanctification, that we keep ourselves from immorality, that we give thanks, that we seek and do His will and not our own, which requires us to submit ourselves to Him, and as parents, we play a critical role the education process in our youth.
God desires that our children become a part of His family, and the Blessing of Little Children is a way that we formalize the importance of God in their lives, through prayer and submitting that youth to Him in prayer before the congregation.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the Blessing of Little Children. Both Salem and Eugene will be in new locations and times. 10:00 in Eugene, and 2:00 in Salem.
Have a great Sabbath!