“Bless me Father because I have sinned” was commonly thought to be the intro to priestly pardon while we have no specifics on exactly what the blessing(s) might actually be. No matter how hard we try it is difficult to avoid the spectre of immeasurable blessings coming out of Jesus and the Holy Spirit and arising out of a sin experience. No speculation! Human nature equalizes the field of blessing seekers. It is one thing to seek blessings to which we have no right and another to pretend that we’ve checked in to Hotel California and can leave anytime we wish.
We are certain that God blesses sinners, hears their cry, and does not accept human performance of duties as evidence of purity or reliability.
And if you faithfully obey voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 28:1-2
The idea that we can pay for God’s blessing, or put on a performance of appreciation that is equal in value to His blessing is attested as desolate and futile in the history of the Jewish religion (which the Arabian tribes and their allies have tried to outdo with fables and intensely corrupt violence). Friendship with God is on his terms: grace through faith. No speculation!
We are blessed because he is supremely generous
Deuteronomy is known for its quid pro quo, so believers with the notion that the blessings named in the 28th chapter are simply to be claimed as faith inheritance have some explaining to do. It is hard to imagine a cogent explanation beside shocking and shameful avoidance of divine instruction.
Incredible patience with lies
God has favored Israel to be today head of many things in the world. The Jewish people, to whom the blessings and curses were spoken, have kept their faith in God, and many have honoured God in their pastoral functions and equally in their loyalty to Moses.
When the rubber hits the road however
- Christians say “Ask Yeshua”
- Muslims find Christians so they can learn
- Jews still talk about Moses
In Christ we find no shadow of turning. Our anointing and blessing do not come and go. In Christ we are not blessed because we are perfectly obedient. checking in to the House of Bread is permanent.
The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne. For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.
You cannot not be blessed