Founder and Chancellor Speaks at Chapel
By Amanda Morad | October 16, 2013
Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson
Photo by Alex Perry
Each semester, Regent University's founder and chancellor, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson speaks at a chapel service to encourage the students, staff and faculty in their daily efforts. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Chancellor Robertson spoke from Numbers 6:24-26, in which the Lord instructs Moses on how to bless His people.
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you His peace," the passage reads.
"He who causes everything to be," Robertson began. "That's the name of God used in this verse: Yahweh—He is being."
Robertson noted with wonder the estimated billion trillion stars in the galaxy seen by the Hubble telescope.
"The Lord that we serve made all of it," he said. "He is the ground of all being and brought it all about by the power of His word, yet we talk to Him, and Jesus calls Him our Father."
He then relayed the power of this priestly blessing through a story about Billy Graham. Twentieth century newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, during one of Graham's 1949 Los Angeles crusades, sent a simple two-word directive to his editor to "puff Graham" in the papers, which ultimately made Graham an instant celebrity nationwide.
"Imagine what happens when the Creator of the Universe says, 'puff Charlie,'" Robertson said. He continued unpacking the verses, explaining that the promise to "keep you" entails both God's protection and His presence, while God's graciousness indicates His constant unmerited favor.
"This is the blessing God says to give these Israelites: I'm going to lift up my face to you, and I'm going to know you. You are mine," the chancellor explained.
He concluded the message expounding upon the final line of the blessing, "give you His peace."
"How many people in our country live in fear today?" Robertson asked. "Life is moving so fast, it's hard to find peace. But He who created the world said He'd listen to our problems. He who created the vastness of space wants to know you.
"We are God's people and we belong to Him."
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