Numbers 6:22-27 & When Vanity is Virtuous

For God alone vanity is virtue.

God is holy, that is to say more than that He is pure and without sin. Holy primarily means separate, distinct, other. God is the ultimate other. Nothing else belongs in His classification. There is only One who falls under the category “creator”, all else belongs to the category “creation”. Part of God’s distinct otherness is He is the only one for whom vanity is a virtue.

God can give us nothing greater than Himself. God’s passion for His own glory is His passion for our deepest joy.

The Blesser is the Blessing; the Giver is the Gift.

Blessedness is not God making much of you, but making much of Himself. Blessedness does not mean God worshipping us, but showing us how worthy He is of all of our worship. Blessedness does not mean God giving us whatever our sinful hearts desire, but giving us new hearts that desire the best thing He can give us – Himself.

God is the highest good of the reasonable creature, and the enjoyment of him is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. – To go to heaven fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows. But the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean. – Therefore it becomes us to spend this life only as a journey towards heaven, as it becomes us to make the seeking of our highest end and proper good, the whole work of our lives, to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for, or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end, and true happiness?  -Jonathan Edwards

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