The Priestly Blessing – Part 1/011

by Kim Boleyn on November 18, 2012

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Whoo hoo!  What a powerful time we had today!  The Priestly Blessing has so much more than what we read on the surface.  When I first started this study, I thought that I could give a rough overview of it in one week.  But, the more I went through the blessing, the more that I found.  Isn’t it just like God to have something seem simple, but it ends up being a jewel of great worth.  So, this is the first part of a 3-part series on the Priestly Blessing, also known as the Aaronic Benediction.

In BaMidbar (Numbers) 6: 22-27, we find where God tells Moshe (Moses) to tell Aharon (Aaron) to speak this over the people of Israel.

THE LORD (WILL)  BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU AND MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU.  THE LORD (WILL)  LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE.

Today we went over the first part of this blessing -

THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU

Some of the benefits of blessing are:

  •  To make holy by religious rite; sanctify
  •  To invoke divine favor upon
  •  To confer well-being or prosperity on
  •  To endow, as with talent
  •  To consecrate or render holy, beneficial, or prosperous by means of a scriptural practice
  •  To give honor or glory to (a person or thing) as divine or holy
  •  To call upon God to protect; give a benediction to
  •  To grant happiness, health, or prosperity to
  •  To endow with a talent, beauty, etc.
  •  To protect against evil or harm

We haven’t even touched on us blessing God.  Wow, and this is just the first part!

The last half of this phrase is AND KEEP YOU.   Keep means to guard or to protect.

In Psalm 121 and Psalm 91, we read how God will protect us in the midst of turmoil and horrible events.  If you are experiencing fear in your life, read these scriptures out loud.  Change the atmosphere around you.

I pray that this blessing will open up a whole new world for you.  May God show you how much he loves you and how much He REALLY wants to bless you.  I have included a link of this blessing in Hebrew.  Enjoy!

 

Shalom.

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