Do you remember that Moses smashed the original Ten Commandments when he saw those he was leading engaging in indisputable sin? Sin ruins so much but now the time had come for a renewed covenant between God and His people. God told Moses to chisel out two stone tablets, like the first set. Then Moses carried these up the mountain where the Lord wrote the Ten Commandments upon the stone. How easy it is to read through portions of God’s Story and not pause long enough to let it sink in. I wonder what it was like to have a blank writing tablet made of stone and then see the completed Commandments knowing the finger of God wrote them?
This time a wooden box, called the Ark of the Covenant, was also made and the stone tablets were stored in the box. Life went forward and blessings were pronounced. At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today. What a job that must have been for the Levites! Imagine being set apart and responsible for pronouncing the blessings in the name of the Lord.
Who in our communities today have roles like these? Our children were blessed with godly soccer coaches. Life lessons were taught both on and off the playing fields and as a high school senior in Thailand, our son Isaiah helped lead devotional times for the younger players on his soccer team. There is something special about having a responsibility to lead and teach, not just agreeing with words about God’s goodness, but being the one to speak those blessings to others. As we minister to one another I pray our words would be words of blessing. Let us give encouragement that instills courage, not discouragement that takes it away.