Numbers 6:22-27 – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” 27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” NKJV
As we continue this fascinating journey in looking at COVENANT and THE BLESSING of Covenant we come to a very important element. To the Hebrew this was not just “words”, not just a “benediction”, not just a “ritual”, and certainly not just something that was said as a meaningless part of a time of worship. It was life and death. It was success and failure. It was a vital aspect of their lives and something that understood and comprehended its importance and impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
The Priests were to Bless the people. We are talking about human beings and this is where, for me, it gets “very exciting”! Human beings have been appointed and commissioned by God to be the vehicles or channels through with ALL the He is shall actually be TRANSMITTED and PLACED upon people.
“The Lord” – YAHWEH is the key here. It was repeated three times. The priests were to say: “Yahweh Bless You. Yahweh, cause His Face to shine upon you. Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you….”
“Grammatically” in the Hebrew, you do not have to do that! The second/third Yahweh is not necessary, grammatically speaking. Therefore, they are saying this for EMPHASIS! It is to “emphasize” that it is GOD who is “Blessing You”. It is His initiative that He will Shine His Face upon you! It is His CHOICE and DESIRE to do this for you a human being!
I want to be very clear – – Human beings are doing this! Human beings are saying this! BUT in their saying it, they are saying it “Wholly from God”. We simply the “channels” through which this flows! We are not “witchdoctors” who have concocted some spell. We are those who are saying: “It is the God of Heaven – – YAHWEH who will bless you!” It is here that I stand in absolute awe! By nothing, I have done. By nothing, I will ever do. Only because God “wills” to do it – – HE BLESSED AND BLESSES US!
Ephesians One – – Sadly, much of the church have taken this and made it a theological study about election and predestination and as a result have made it drier than last year’s corn shucks.
BUT, when Paul wrote Ephesians One – – He was prostrate before God “weeping” before the King of the Universe saying, “I can’t believe it! I can’t believe it! That He of His own Free Will…. For no reason found in whatsoever…. With no answer as to why…. God has BLESSED US! Let that sink in and get in your spirit! It will begin to “transform” your entire outlook on life and the things of God. Think about it! God has decided of His Own Free Will to LAVISH upon us His Kindness. I BLESS you, but I say it three times because I want you to fully understand that it is GOD who is blessing!
THE WORD BLESS:
Is a remarkable word and well worthy of consideration! It is one of the smallest words in the Bible and yet one of the most frequently used by believers. Yet, it is one of the biggest words in the Hebrew language, in terms of what it means!
BLESS – – The root foundation means “to bow the knee”. It was used in Hebrew to describe the kneeling of a camel when it received its burdens.
I HOPE YOU ARE FOLLOWING ME! That’s the idea of the word – – to “kneel down”, but not to grovel as a slave! It is “bowing down” before a person because you recognize that this person is of “Great Worth”, “Value”, and “Significance”. It means that ONLY “valuable”, “worthy”, “significant” people are to be BLESSED. It means that you have been “designated” by God as a valuable, worthy, significant person and are to be BLESSED! As I type my spirit is leaping inside of me with rejoicing at this very thought and the overwhelming love God has for His people! I hope that you can begin to receive this into your spirit and realize that no matter what has happened in your life. No matter what your failures may have been. No matter what you have been told or how you may have been abused. God sees you, through the BLOOD OF JESUS as valuable, worthy, and significant and His desire is to BLESS you! If that doesn’t make you shout then I probably should just stop here and say no more!
We must put the next part on hold until tomorrow due to space! It is my genuine desire that you begin to realize that The Father considered you worth the Blood of Jesus! Can you comprehend what that means? May your day be smooth sailing and may every obstacle placed in your path encounter the divine power of the Spirit of God as He fights for you and guides you into all truth!
I Bless you in the Name of the Lord!