“Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.
Sin keeps us out of the camp, until Jesus brings us back in. Praise His glorious name for that!
22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’
I love this blessing. It brings me comfort and great encouragement to meditate upon the blessings of the Lord towards me. They are numerous. They keep in me in His care and in His graciousness. They bring me peace like nothing else.
The Hebrew word for peace is ‘shalom’. Halley’s Bible Handbook tells us, “It does not mean quite the same as our word ‘peace.’ It is not merely absence of war or conflict (although it includes that) or a peaceful feeling. Rather, it means wholeness, well-being, harmony.” The Lord brings us wholeness, well being and harmony like nothing else can.
Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:
A parable is a story which illustrates a spiritual truth. It is not a fable in the sense that there is no truth to it, but rather a story whose point is to reveal spiritual truth. Jesus taught in parables in order that those who were truly interested in truth, would seek to understand the parable.
But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
I love this parable. There are three scenarios. The first three describe a person who is never born again. The fourth describes a person who has been born again but for various reasons, produces varying amounts of fruit, ‘some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred’. I believe that we determine how fruitful our lives are going to be, based on our obedience to the Lord. I want to be a man who produces a ‘hundredfold’. Lord, teach us how to be fruitful in our lives!
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
It is a very foolish thing to ever think that the Lord doesn’t care about us. Even when we go through difficulties in our lives, He is seeking to draw us ever closer to Himself. It is through the storms in our lives that this comes about. We must stay out of His way and let Him bring us through such storms in the manner He desires.