From the Lord

3/27/09 10:15pm

Numbers 6-10

Pericope: Numbers 6:24-27

6:24 “The Lord bless you 60 and protect 61 you;

6:25 The Lord make his face to shine upon you,

and be gracious to you; 62

6:26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon you 63

and give you peace.”’

6:27 So they will put my name 64 on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

The above passage is the Priestly blessing which would be proclaimed over God’s people during certain ceremonial occasions. It is amazingly encouraging as it radically proclaims God’ desire to bless his people. One of the greatest lies about God is that he was to sap his people of freedom and fun. Life in the community of God’s people is anything but bondage and boredom! God’s desire is to freely bring His people into a relationship with Him where they can fully experience peace with God in a way that would allow for Him to richly protect and provide for them. Who would not want that? What’s even more ridiculously amazing is that God commanded the spiritual leaders of Israel to bless them with this prayer. It was a way of imprinting God’s name on His people. God wants His name on His people so that He can bless them! Isn’t that completely amazing? This wreaks of grace!

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