Love and Faith

Truth From a Priestly Blessing

A call to something greater.

Isn’t that what so many people desire? That at the core of who we are, we want to leave a legacy that greatly impacts on the world?

How easy it is to think we have to have a big enough platform to do this, but greater doesn’t automatically translate into something along the lines of “famous.” God calls some to that, but not the majority of us.

If we were to wait for the right size platform/popularity, etc, nothing would ever really get done would it?

I’ve been going through the Old Testament again (and yep, Leviticus is just as exciting as it always is) and while reading in Numbers 6, I came across this priestly blessing that Aaron and his sons were given from the Lord to share. It reads:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It got me thinking how I could bless more people. What if I meant these words to both those who followed Jesus and those who didn’t? What if I prayed this truth over others? What the Lord could do with that kind of prayer!

I was reading up on some commentary (from the Life Application Bible Commentary) of this blessing and I love what it revealed.

  • To “bless and keep” meant to ask for favor and protection.
  • To ask for a “face to shine” meant that God would be pleased.
  • Asking for graciousness meant that the person would receive God’s mercy and compassion.
  • Asking for the Lord’s face towards someone? That meant you were asking that God would give them His approval (which I’m so thankful we get through Jesus!).

And peace. I know we can all use peace more than ever.

So I leave you, dear reader, with this blessing and praying that you truly would see it in your life today!