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10/11/2023 - 11/11/2023 All day

“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).

In certain cultures blessing one another is not normal. You get a sense of that with their naming. For example, certain names are actualy given like to spell an omen on someone. When examined there are multiple names here in Africa and in Uganda in particular which literally spell a curse on someone or even pronounce death. You may ask around!

The opposite though was found among the Hebrews. Aware of the power of the tongue we find an emphasis to pronounce blessing not just with names but also events. A case in point is just before she was released for marriage to a far away bachelor, Isaac, the household of Betheul and Laban, “blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies” (Gen 24:60). Rebekah had already received expensive gifts to accompany her, but here was the most important of all. A salutation of blessing was given just before she embarked on a new life journey.

The Apostle Paul often ended his letters in which he had certain admonitions to the church with a note of blessing, as with the church at Corinth, “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All God’s people here send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” ( 2 Cor 13: 12-14). To the Phillipians he ends his letter with, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” ( Phillipians 4: 19).

As God’s people we should adopt the Hebrew culture of sending off people with a word of blessing. Like Apostle Paul we should be in the habit of closing off any important message with a pronouncement of blessings.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for your blessings upon my life and to pass on peace and blessings to those you bring into my life, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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