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For the Lord Commanded a Blessing

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In Psalm 133 we have two beautiful word pictures of unity in the brotherhood. It is true, however, that the word pictures written here are somewhat obscure to us. None of us were present when Aaron was anointed to initiate his priesthood office by his brother Moses. The stately reverence and awe of this occasion can only be imagined by those of us who never saw it. By the same token, very few of us have ever seen the Majesty of Mount Hermon nor visualized the geographic and life-inspiring beauty it is to the land of Israel and beyond. Melting ice and snow of its white cap form the headwaters of some well-known rivers in the area and symbolize blessing and refreshment.
These word pictures lead us to the concept that God commanded a blessing. In the Old Testament God at several places said that if His people were to meet certain conditions, that He would command a blessing to them. One such place is Leviticus 25:21 where God told His chosen ones that He would bless the production of their land to last for three years if they would refrain from planting their fields every seventh year. In Deuteronomy 28, we read about the blessing that would come to the children of Israel if they would obey God and His commandments. In verse 8 it specifically says that God would command His blessing on their storehouses. Another similar idea is Malachi 3:10 where God tells His people that if they were to give in their tithes and offerings the way He had told them to that He would pour out a blessing upon them to the point that they would not be able to contain it. Meditating on these verses led me to consider if it were possible for God to command a blessing to us today. And if so what type of atmosphere or what conditions would need to exist for this to happen? This is what we want to ponder in the rest of this article.
In Psalm 133 we learn that the blessing is eternal life. That life, abundant life, is in our dear Lord Jesus. He that hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (1Jo 5:12). In John 11:25 Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. The value of eternal life is beyond any earthly measurement and yet it is a part of what God wants to send to us as His people.
We have already briefly mentioned another prerequisite for God to command a blessing toward us, and that is unity. Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! If we look in the book of Acts we read of being with one accord in one place. And Acts 4 it says, And the multitude of them that believed were one heart and one soul; later it says and with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus; and great grace was on them all. Today, my dear friends, we badly need unity. To be unified in doctrine, practice and in fellowship is an incalculable value to the success of church life and mission work. We also need unity in leadership. When a ministerial body stands unitedly they can experience great effectiveness, but if there is discord, then there will be defeat and loss. If church leadership does not stand together, it can be a great hindrance in moving ahead and can eventually divide a congregation or even an entire conference.
Another point that needs to be present for God to command a blessing is that the gospel of Christ must be preached, taught, and obeyed. In the great commission, Jesus spoke about teaching and observing whatsoever He had commanded. The apostle Paul said, For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. That which is taught in the New Testament is meant to be obeyed and lived by. Faith without works is dead. Profession of a creed without practice is void of value. The reality of obedience is the acid test of what we say we believe. Jesus said, If you love me keep my commandments. Our dear Lord watches our lives from day to day to see if we will be obedient children or not.
For God to send His blessing, there needs to be evidence and a living reality of divine love. God is love. Love is a main ingredient in a place where He is working. There will be warm fellowship in the church and family life will be infused with godly love. There will be care and concern for one another and also a love for lost souls and those who have erred from the faith. This type of divine love, Jesus says, will be evidence to all men that we are His disciples. When God’s people have a proper love for the lost there will be an evangelistic spirit. Evangelistic passion is in harmony with the Spirit of Jesus who came to seek and to save those who are lost. We live surrounded by needy people, both saints and sinners alike. May the love of God be evident among us.
To be recipients of God’s blessings all known sin in the brotherhood must be dealt with both carefully and redemptively. Known sin cannot be covered over or allowed in the membership. If and when sin comes to light those who are spiritual need to deal with the wrongdoing that sin can be put out. Sin in our lives hinders God’s blessing, destroys our testimony and seriously impairs effectiveness. But never should discipline occur without the person involved knowing the path of restoration and renewal into the body of Christ. In conclusion I want to yet point out that God will command a blessing where His spirit is at work. Where the word of God has free course, where prayer and worship are vibrant, and also where the teaching and preaching of the word are Holy Spirit inspired and vitalized by the breath of God Almighty. These above points are not all inclusive but it is my firm conviction that even in this generation which we live in God can send and command His blessing so that sinners could be saved and the church be edified. Are we willing to pay the price?