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Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
“…’This is the way you shall bless [My People]. Say to them:
The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you];
The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor],
And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness];
The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval],
And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’
So… shall [I] put My name upon [My own], and I will bless them.”
~ The Priestly Blessing, Numbers 6:20-27, amplified
Do you ever find yourself just reading words like this blessing and not really taking them in? Especially if they seem familiar as breathing to you? Just sort of sloughing them off as, “Oh, that’s nice…”
The amplified version above adds in a bit more depth, like highlights on a painting, but this blessing didn’t truly sparkle across me until I heard a minister explaining the rich truth of the Father’s Heart for His children as it is imparted in the original Hebrew through the scripture writers.
Like an image appearing through the unveiling mists o’er the Emerald Isle, the Hebrew meaning gives us a wondrous picture, telling us that God Himself instructed the priests on how He Himself wanted to bless the children of Israel (and us to follow) — telling them to say it this way:
“You, my God, kneel before me (never in subservience, but like a Father getting down eye to eye with his beloved child), presenting me with these gifts…
- You guard me with Your own hedge of protection
- You illuminate the very wholeness of Your Being towards me, Your Glory, bringing order to my body, my increase, my success and all that I am
- You pour out Your Love on me, to give me Your Sustenance and Your Friendship
- You, alone the Almighty and Majestic One, lift up the wholeness of Your Being and look upon me
- You enfold me in Peace and set into place all I need to be whole and complete!
What an amazing portrait of our Father, and of Jesus – now become our great High Priest before the throne, interceding on our behalf for us to come into full understanding of the Victory He has won for us! To think of Jesus placing His hand on our head, speaking this blessing into and over us… Rising His Glory over us (Isaiah 60) so all the nations of the world will see that Glory shining in us and be drawn to Him…
And how God continually longs to bless us more deeply than we know…
It is no accident that a word study of “glory” uncovers the literal meaning as the manifested presence, power and goodness of God.
For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect toward him, so that he can show his great power in helping them.
~2 Chronicles 16:9
Been asking God to make you or your life whole in some way that seems impossible?
Today, let the words of this blessing and all its depth of meaning for healing wholeness in His Presence flow over you;
see the Lord, kneeling before you,
looking into your face, and shining His very Glory and all His Being before you…
and savor His amazing Love soft as a woolen cloak round you,
restoring and renewing.
Prayer: O Lord, show us Your Glory that others will see You!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
© Pam Depoyan
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