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Numbers 6:22-27

Called By His Name

22 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

This is the priestly blessing that was to be pronounced over the people of Israel by Aaron, his sons, and all of the future priests who were descended from them. No man can pronounce an effective blessing upon others unless the Lord is the originator of it. Therefore, the Lord Jehovah gave the priests instructions to bless His people and also gave them the words which they were to say.

The Jewish Rabbins have noticed a mysterious occurrence in this blessing. The name Jehovah is pronounced three times, each with a different accent. Of course, that is no mystery to us, because we have the New Testament to explain that we have one God who consists of three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. His name is Jehovah and He blesses us differently through each person of the Trinity.

These are the words of the blessing: "The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:" God's people are completely dependent and trusting in Him for their keep. He will provide for all of their needs, He will keep them from falling into sin, He will keep them as His own peculiar treasures, and He will keep them safe from the dangers of the world around them. This was dramatically demonstrated as He led Israel through the wilderness, providing for their every need and protecting them from every enemy. This is the loving care of the Father.

"The LORD make his face shine upon thee," Jesus is life, and the life is the light of men. When He shines upon them, their eyes are opened and the greatness of God's love is revealed. "...and be gracious unto thee:" Jesus is also full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Man has no greater need than to be forgiven for his sins by his gracious and loving God. If the face of the Son shines upon you, a great transformation will take place in the very depths of your soul. There is no more significant blessing than to be the recipient of God's grace, which is the only key to the door of heaven.

"The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee," To lift up one's countenance is to smile. When God lifts His countenance upon His people, he is pleased with them. It has been said that the Jewish people could wish for nothing more than for God's countenance to be lifted up upon them. It means that they are acceptable to Him. When the Holy Spirit performs His miracle of regeneration, the new birth, men come to trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. "...and give thee peace." The new birth brings us the fruits of the Spirit among which is peace. The nation of Israel desired it, prayed for it and experienced it in part when they remained obedient to God. But true peace only comes when men are completely acceptable to God, through Jesus Christ and the working of the Spirit.

"And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them." God's people are to be called by His name. All the world should know whom they serve and in whom they trust. How important it is, therefore, for them to be faithful and obedient to Him so as not to bring disgrace on His name.

The Christian church has received the full blessing that was pronounced upon Israel every day after the morning sacrifice. Our sacrifice, however, is not made daily, but only once. The blessing has not only been pronounced once, but has been permanently bestowed. "And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." (Luke 24:50-51) It was the last thing that Jesus did before leaving this earth to sit at the right hand of His Father. Now, we are called by His name.

Before The Throne:

Have you thought very much about how God has blessed you? Too often we pray for this or that, because we are not content with the blessings He has already given us. Take the time right now to meditate on your blessings. Thank Him for the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance with which the Spirit has already blessed you.

For Further Study:

** Gen 14:19-20; Gen 24:60; Gen 27:27-29; Gen 28:3-4; Gen 47:7, 10; Gen 48:20; Lev 9:22-23; Deut 10:8; Deut 21:5; Deut 33:1; Josh 8:33; 1Chr 23:13; Luke 24:50-51; Rom 1:7; 1Cor 1:3; 2Cor 13:14; Heb 7:1, 7; Heb 11:20-21; 1Pet 1:2; 2Pet 1:2-3; 2John 1:3;

(v.24) ** The Lord. Ruth 2:4; Ps 134:3; 1Cor 14:16; Eph 6:24; Phil 4:23; Rev 1:4-5; ** keep thee. Ps 91:11; Ps 121:4-7; Isa 27:3; Isa 42:6; John 17:11; Phil 4:7; 1Thess 5:23; 1Pet 1:5; Jude 1:24;

(v.25) ** The Lord. Ps 21:6; Ps 31:16; Ps 67:1; Ps 80:1-3, 7, 19; Ps 119:135; Dan 9:17; ** gracious. Gen 43:29; Exod 33:19; Mal 1:9; John 1:17;

(v.26) ** lift up. Ps 4:6; Ps 42:5; Ps 89:15; Acts 2:28; ** give thee. Ps 29:11; Isa 26:3, 12; Isa 57:19; Mic 5:5; Luke 2:14; John 14:27; John 16:33; John 20:21, 26; Acts 10:36; Rom 5:1; Rom 15:13, 33; Eph 2:14-17; Eph 6:23; Phil 4:7; 2Thess 3:16;

(v.27) ** put my. Exod 3:13-15; Exod 6:3; Exod 34:5-7; Deut 28:10; 2Chr 7:14; Isa 43:7; Jer 14:9; Dan 9:18-19; Matt 28:19; ** and I will. Num 23:20; Gen 12:2-3; Gen 32:26, 29; 1Chr 4:10; Ps 5:12; Ps 67:7; Ps 115:12-13; Eph 1:3;


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