At the end of Numbers chapter 6 we see a benediction given to Moses for Aaron to speak over God’s people. Let’s examine this blessing…

 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
the
Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you; the
Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace. ”

Num 6:24-26

First of all – this was originally given to the priests (under Aaron) to speak over God’s people. The priest was the only member of the nation who could enter the presence of God, and only after his hands were stained with the blood of sacrifices. Today – we, as believers, have this blessing spoken over us by the shed blood of Jesus as the Ultimate Sacrifice (Heb 10:10-12).

Secondly – this blessing was spoken over God’s people. The Lord tells Moses to have Aaron speak it over his people, to bless the Israelites (vs 22-23). Today – this blessing is spoken over all of us as believers in Jesus. ALL the promises of God are yes and amen in Jesus (2 Cor 1:20).

Thirdly – notice how many times the word ‘you” is used in this blessing. It is meant to be a personal blessing from the Lord to all of us – both individually and corporately. “The Lord bless YOU and keep YOU…” When things appear to be going difficultly for you – speak these words to yourself out loud and remember what God has spoken over you. He WILL keep you and protect you! (Read Psalm 121 for more encouragement here).

Fourthly – the Lord will ‘make his face shine on you” and will “turn his face toward you”. God is on our side… He isn’t angry or against us… While He does hate our sin and will turn away from that sin – He loves us and has great plans in store for us – as long as we walk with Him. Remember this when things are hard and others tell us to blame God (just like Job’s “friends”). Also – check out Psalm 90:17.

Finally – the blessing ends with “the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace”. That is the heart of God in a nutshell (and has always been). Why would God tell Moses to give this blessing to Aaron if He didn’t mean it? He longs to fill us with peace. He isn’t setting us up for failure, nor has he placed an insurmountable opportunity before us like a dangling carrot. He wants to fill us with peace in our lives – but we must respond to His offer by “placing our mind steadfastly on Him” (Isaiah 26:3).

Be encouraged by this priestly blessing in Numbers 6. Speak it over yourself every day – and see the results start to change your life from the inside out!

 Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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