April 11, 2023: The Lord Bless You
"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." (Numbers 6:24–26, ESV)
These words were the Lord's command to Aaron and his son on how they were to bless the people of Israel. This blessing was God's idea! He wanted those with a priestly call to speak over God's people these words. When you read the words of this blessing, it makes your spirit want to say, "Ahhhhhh..."
Numbers 6:24-26, drip with the goodness of God. It reminds one of the words of Job, "O for the day, When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!" (Job 29:6, NKJV) The goodness of God poured out upon man!
Moses instructed Aaron this is what you are to say when you bless Israel: the Lord (Yahweh) give you wild favor and protect you! The Lord (Yahweh) make His face shine upon you and be overwhelmingly generous to you. The Lord (Yahweh) be so approving of you that you are overcome with His peace. When you encounter God this way, it is a good day! And we are empowered to speak this over each other, over our families, our church, and our communities. If the Lord watches over His word to perform it, then we should, by all means, be speaking it!
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