Reading today from Numbers 4 – 6.
My comments today will deal only with the following verses –
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 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. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.'” Numbers 6:22-27 (KJV)
We can see reading from Scripture that it is God’s desire to bless His people. He desired to bless His people Israel and to give them peace. The verses of blessing are familiar to both Jews and Christians, and are often spoken; probably not as often as they could or should be among some Christians.
This blessing was given to Moses to give unto Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel. Moses followed the LORD’s command and delivered it just as God had said. It follows the law given concerning the Nazarite vow for consecrating one’s self to the LORD. There was blessing to one who consecrated himself to the LORD and would basically for a life time or for only a month follow the life of a priestly pattern. We have this blessing given to show us that God wants to bless all His people who will obey His commandments through loving Him.
It is a wonderful thing when God’s face is toward us, looking upon us. It is a dreadful thing when we think of His back being toward us. In the Blessed Son we are assured that His face is toward us; and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
We must remember that the greatest blessing is found only through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ Son of God. In Him we have the “Peace of God that passes understanding”. All these others are given for types, figures of the true.
Remember to read Numbes 4 – 6 for today.
-Tim A. Blankenship