Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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

17 thoughts on “Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  1. Fellow saints, may the Lord bless you and keep you, and wrap His loving arms around you. May the Lord grace you with His presence, and grant you peace. May you know how much you inspire me, every day on this blog, fellow saints in the Lord, through your witness to our Living Saviour Jesus Christ. Wishing you all a blessed day.

    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    But for me it is good to be near God;
    I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.
    Psalm 73:26, 28 ESV

    Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns – with Lyrics
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DIi0DRq6ww

  2. If only more of us could be led (shown how by the holy Spirit) to witness to and to bless others publicly…Instead,most adopt the silence of the nonbelievers when we leave our churches.
    Our voices disguise our beliefs.

    I had forgotten this poem.The note is attached in my files and was the inspired by the quote:
    O God,

    May the smile of Your approval be on our lives,
    May our lips sow the seeds of Your love
    And may the love that sin deprives
    Be the song of the angels above.

    Let the joy of Your love be the fruits of our seeds,
    That lost sheep will know that we are yours,
    So that You will fulfill their needs
    With the abundance of heaven’s stores.

    Let the abundance include the armour of souls,
    Let not temptation shatter our goals
    And let not darkness hide Your scrolls
    When man bows to the Name he extols.

    May each of us strive to be more like You, Jesus
    And may our feet and Your footsteps meet,
    For it’s Your blood that e’er frees us,
    The same that showed the devil defeat.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/21 April, 2015

    “O God, may the smile of Your approval be on our lives.”
    Rev.Dr.R.L. Mainse,father of Pst.David Mainse

  3. My son just called.He works for a national electrical company and was working at the Halifax airport but was sent home because a plane went off the runway,tore some engines of and almost skidded onto Old Guysborough Rd behind the airport.It’s uncertain if anyone was injured.Praise God it wasn’t worse.God bless

    • Lord God we pray and thank you for your intervention; I pray all will be safe and unharmed emotionally and physically. Thank you Jesus, Amen!!!

  4. Thank God Beverlee and William for your posts and your son is OK William. I am blessed to have met these two men of God, David and Homer Cantelon. Love this Aaronic blessing. God bless you saints! What can I do so I do not have to post my name and email address every time below before I post comment. Thanks.

    • Ger I think it must be a security thing.
      Yes, I also am so glad Bill’s son is ok, I enjoyed his poem and Bevelee”s comments.
      Blessings to all. Eleanor M.

    • that is what I have to do always right from the very beginning…I believe it is a security thing also…..I thank the Lord I have a computer..I don’t know much about the internet, I found I have to be careful when scrolling…..again I am thankful I can get 100 Words and other Bible insights…
      keep posting Ger, I so enjoy your input……..I pray you are feeling ok, God bless you…..

  5. Thank You Heavenly Father that I am no longer under the Law, but saved by Grace through Jesus Christ my Lord!!! Amen and Amen!!

  6. Thank you Reynold for the special photo and the explanation of it…thank you Ron for posting it…and this blog that was initiated by your Dad in obedience to the Lord’s prompting a few years ago while he was with us!! Praise God for this daily manna, Amen !!

    • It is taking longer than I thought, as I still have the shortness of breath. However I’m told it should subside in time. Would appreciate prayer. God bless you Eleanor M. for your concern!

  7. To William Marshall
    there is a book Joining Jesus on His Mission by Greg Finke; it is very helpful, if you can get a copy I think you would enjoy the reading…..

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