Love and Faith

Truth From a Priestly Blessing

A call to something greater.

Isn’t that what so many people desire? That at the core of who we are, we want to leave a legacy that greatly impacts on the world?

How easy it is to think we have to have a big enough platform to do this, but greater doesn’t automatically translate into something along the lines of “famous.” God calls some to that, but not the majority of us.

If we were to wait for the right size platform/popularity, etc, nothing would ever really get done would it?

I’ve been going through the Old Testament again (and yep, Leviticus is just as exciting as it always is) and while reading in Numbers 6, I came across this priestly blessing that Aaron and his sons were given from the Lord to share. It reads:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It got me thinking how I could bless more people. What if I meant these words to both those who followed Jesus and those who didn’t? What if I prayed this truth over others? What the Lord could do with that kind of prayer!

I was reading up on some commentary (from the Life Application Bible Commentary) of this blessing and I love what it revealed.

  • To “bless and keep” meant to ask for favor and protection.
  • To ask for a “face to shine” meant that God would be pleased.
  • Asking for graciousness meant that the person would receive God’s mercy and compassion.
  • Asking for the Lord’s face towards someone? That meant you were asking that God would give them His approval (which I’m so thankful we get through Jesus!).

And peace. I know we can all use peace more than ever.

So I leave you, dear reader, with this blessing and praying that you truly would see it in your life today!

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Women of the Bible

Shiphrah and Puah | Women of the Bible

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The story starts like this: Two women were given a command from a king. The command was to take newborn babies from their mothers and kill them.

But that’s not how this story played out. These two women, Shiphrah and Puah, heard the unjust law and refused to obey it, because it went against what their God commanded.

Here’s from the NIV translation:

“The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, He gave them families of their own.” Exodus‬ ‭1:15-21‬‬

What a story no? These women were committed to life. Committed enough to defy the most powerful man in the world.

They were courageous. They were brave.

Would any of us have been brave enough to do the same? Would we have trusted God more than an earthly authority? And here’s what makes the story even more extraordinary. Neither Shiphrah nor Puah knew what the consequences would be for disobeying Pharaoh’s command. Would they get caught? If they did, would they be put to death? It didn’t matter.

And how did their earthly stories end? They are not only remembered forever in Scripture, but God blessed them and they had their own families.

God does not ask us to obey authority when it goes against His commands and His Word. He asks us to follow Him. Christ calls us to something far greater and something much more. To love others. To see Imago Dei in all people.

I wonder if Peter quietly thought of these women, when centuries later, he reminded us, that as believers our call is to God and Him alone:

“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts‬ ‭5:27-29‬ ‭ESV‬‬