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Blessed by the Lord

Blessed by the Lord

Numbers 6:24-27
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.

The Aaronic blessing recorded in Numbers is a wonderful expression of God's intentions for His people. When we, as new covenant believers, read this blessing we must understand that this is the compassionate disposition of the Father towards us at all times, regardless of our performance or our condition. The high priest was to declare this blessing over the children of Israel and in this manner the children of Israel took on His name. What this means is that this blessing communicates the nature of God for His people and reminds them who He is and who He desires to be for them. It also speaks of God's ownership of them, these are His special people, thus we have a reflection of His heart for those that He has called His own. 

The word for "bless" is בָּרַך (barak), and it means to endue with power for success, to give strength, prosperity, and longevity. A blessing from the Lord is not merely a verbal declaration, but an empowerment of favor. Thus the Lord seeks to empower His people to succeed and be prosperous in all areas, while He sustains them and protects them.

The hebraism "make His face to shine upon you" was a way of communicating that one had found a favorable position or status before another. Thus the Lord desires to keep us in His favor and to be gracious to us, or to lovingly and compassionately operate on our behalf. 

The next line is really a parallel of the first. God desires to lift up His countenance upon us and give us peace. In other words to keep us in His favor and fulfill us in literally every area. 

In this way the name of the Lord is placed upon us. We are His children, those that bear His name, and this blessing demonstrates that to be His people means to be a people who are blessed (empowered to succeed), favored (His face beaming down upon us), and fulfilled (those who have received peace).

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