“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and
give you peace.’
So they will put my name on the Israelites and I will bless them.” –Numbers 6:22-27
How can you and I be involved in “putting the name of the Lord on others?” What does it mean when God’s name is on someone? These are interesting questions to me this morning.
Aaron and his sons were instructed to bless the Israelites in a very specific way. Namely they were to hold the person of God, the power of God, the glory of God, the grace of God, the presence of God and the peace of God before the people.
In their obedience to this command to bless the Israelites, they would be inexorably stamping the name of the Lord on His chosen people. This priestly function has become our practical mission as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). This great commission is to be our personal passion.
As we hold forth the message of Christ; who He is and what He has done; those who become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) will have the name of our God stamped upon their hearts.
But what does this really mean? When God’s name is stamped upon your heart, it means ownership.You and I, as new creatures are not our own, we are bought at a price (1 Cor. 6:19). His name on our hearts means we belong to Him. Our lives are not our own to be lived as we dictate. He charts our course, He orders our steps; it is not our will, but His will be done.
When God’s name is stamped upon our heart it also means legitamacy. It is the stamp of authentic life and purpose. Nothing we have or know, before Christ comes in, is real. Vanity…emptiness…hopelessness. These are the words that describe a life without God’s presence and transforming power. Everything changes when His name is on your heart. His presence and glory bring life and holiness to bear in our hearts.
God’s name, stamped upon our heart means blessing. When I am His, He is mine! It is the Lord himself who is the blessing! Many today misunderstand the nature of spiritual blessing. The mindset of our Christian culture equates blessing with things…not the person of God. He is both the Blesser and the Blessing.
Dr. A. B. Simpson put it this way:
Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, now it is His Word;
Once His gift I wanted, now, the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, now Himself alone.
All in all forever, Jesus I will sing;
Everything in Jesus, and Jesus everything.