“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: the LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 (KJB)
The above blessing was given by GOD through Moses to Aaron and his sons, as priests of Israel to bless the people. It is God’s blessing. It was a word of command from God to them to give to the people.
It is a good word. It is a blessing. It is a blessing to know that God wants to bless His people. As the people of God; as born again Christians; we are the priesthood of God (1 Peter 2:9). The New Testament clearly teaches the Priesthood of the believer which means that we individually know God through His Son; the Great High Priest; who died for our sins, was buried, then bodily rose from the gave. Knowing God, we can approach the very throne of God (Hebrews 4:14-16), for others, and ourselves.
We can give blessings or cursing to others in the way we speak or do not speak. It is better to bless rather than to curse. To tell others “…the LORD make His face shine upon you” is to encourage them to seek the LORD’S face; to live in His favor, His will, His word, and His way; and to walk with Him. “…be gracious unto you” is the gift of God to all who will believe Him receiving Him, and He will give it each day. “The LORD lift up His countenance upon you” is a show of God’s favor, and the pleasure He receives from you joy and life. Finally, “…and give you peace”; first of all peace with God which passes all understanding; secondly, the peace of knowing no condemnation from God, because our sin debt has been paid.
This blessing was solely for the people of God: Israel. So too, it is still only for the people of God; those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Some thoughts for us to muse on for the day.
Reading for February 16, 2018: Numbers 7 – 8