So they will put My Name on the Israelites, and I will Bless them. Numbers 6:27
Anyone with an unusual name sometimes wishes that it wasn’t so. “Smith” and “Jones” are easy; everyone can pronounce and spell them. More ethnic names present problems especially when someone’s trying to accomplish something over the phone, because it may take the hearer on the other end several times before they get it right. That’s when we may want to legally change our name!
When we are a part of God’s family line, we can sometimes have a problem with our name too. “Christian” is a term under stress. The world is increasing hostile to us. People use His name as a swear word. Here, God is saying that if we’re called by His name, we’ll be blessed. A blessing with a price!
He redeemed us in order that the Blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:14
We hear promises made all the time. Politicians are famous for vowing to do something and then not keeping their word. Bosses can sometimes promise raises, but not deliver. A friend can swear to repay a loan but doesn’t. When we put of faith in people we will always disappointed because when push comes to shove “I” comes before “U” in the alphabet.
God’s promises are always kept. He promised that by having faith in Jesus we would be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shows believers what to think, say and do. We break promises all to frequently. He’ll never break any of His.
They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be Blessed. Psalm 37:26
We’re born selfish. The two year old’s cry, “mine” never completely leaves us. We love to say that we worked hard for what we’ve got, but, ultimately, our success has as much to do with where we were born and the parents who raised us, as anything we’ve accomplished on our own. God wants us to remember that. It is His generosity that’s allows us to have the health, wealth and opportunities we now enjoy.
Here, He’s reminding us to return some of what we’ve been blessed with to Him, by being loving, compassionate and charitable to others. St. Augustine said, “God has no need for money but the poor have. You give it to the poor and God receives it.” Give and get a blessing.