The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Numbers 5-6. One of the most beautiful benedictions every written in the Bible is found in these words that God spoke to Moses from Numbers 6.
22 The Lord spoke to Moses,
saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless
the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Numbers 6:22-27, English Standard Version
One of the most beautiful benedictions every written in the Bible is found in these words that God spoke to Moses from Numbers 6. The book of Leviticus and Numbers seem to present a very severe and unforgiving God, and yet we know that nothing could be farther from the truth.
Instead of thinking of the severity of God, we need to focus on the holiness and righteousness of God. Just as God used Moses and Aaron to guard the people from entering the holiness of God in their bodies of sin, so God teaches us the law of life for Christians. Truly, it is a law that we can not keep perfectly, so God has provided the only One, the Lord Jesus Christ, who could keep the law of God perfectly. That One True Sacrifice offered His sins once and for all for His people.
This benediction of Moses really illustrates this point very well. Just read the words from Numbers 6:24-26 shown above and remember that these are the very words that God wanted Aaron to speak to the people. This is the same blessing that God gives to His children today.
In truth, if this blessing would not be available to us, as God's children, how scary would our life in this world be? We, as the children of God, live right in the midst of Satan's world of evil. Yet, due to the presence and protection of God, Himself, we are nestled safely in His arms.
But, God does bless us and keep us, He does make His face to shine upon us and He is gracious to us, and He does lift up His countenance upon us and He does give us peace. What more can I add to such beautiful words?
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