We have many blessings in Christ Jesus; blessings promised to us from God, The Father. We have chiefly salvation that comes only from our respective belief in Him as our Savior. But, there is so much more given to us. Many of these blessings we take for granted.
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
I once sat under a Pastor who preached about “God’s Keep” and the message was impacting on my life. It is a message that first opened my heart to understanding that it is God Who protects His treasure in His “Keep.”
A “Keep” is a safe place. In medieval times the “keep” was a centrally placed fortress within the castle walls. It was a place kings placed their treasure keeping it protected from attackers. The “keep” was often the place the king and his family would take their last refuge before marauders claimed victory in battle.
The Pastor’s message is this; God considers me His treasure. He considers all who believe in, on, by and through Christ Jesus to be His treasure. God protects His treasure in His “keep.” There is not an attacker, human or spiritual, that can penetrate His “keep.” There is no enemy strong enough to claim victory over Him. He, our Father, is our refuge against a marauding world.
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
Christ Jesus is declaring to His beloved Disciples that He is soon to be in the Father’s presence. Christ’s time on earth is fast concluding. Jesus is praying in the knowledge that He will be leaving His Disciples behind “in the world.”
“Keep them in Your Name….” Jesus would not be present to protect them. In this prayer He seeks the Father’s protective embrace of those men whom God entrusted to Christ Jesus. His prayer is for an eternal security for those who believe in Him. Our belief in Christ Jesus is in His “keep.” We are His treasure. We have refuge in Him.
Jesus commits those who are His to His Father; to our Father. There is not a more secure “keep” than to be protected and under the Father’s wings.
While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Christ kept all His children safe from the world; all but Judas Iscariot. He was lost to the world and eventually to death by his own hand.
Christ kept His Disciples safe not by His power, but by the power of His Father in heaven. Christ was the Father’s Servant and now His time on earth was fast closing. He reaches out with the declaration, “I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them….”
Believers are forever in God’s “keep.” Rejoice that our Father’s love is so merciful that He embraces us in spite of ourselves.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. I pray we all see a fresh meaning in those words.