Day 5 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament

Numbers 6:24-26
“The LORDbless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” 

Numbers is the fourth book in the Pentateuch (aka Torah) – written by Moses around 1440 BC.   Charles Spurgeon said this book might be called “Moses’ Pilgrim’s Progress” as it accounts for the progress of Israelites – God’s children – wandering through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. The name “Numbers” comes from the two censuses that were taken during the time of this book.

In these verses from Chapter 6, the LORD (and LORD in all caps means Yahweh in the Hebrew, which was the original language of the Old Testament) tells  Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons (who were the priests) how He (the LORD) wanted them to bless these people of God.

“The LORD bless you… ”   God loves to bless His people as He always has in mind their greatest good. (And ours too!)

“… and keep you.” People can choose what they’re “kept” by – good or bad. The LORD wants us to be kept by goodness, peace, and success.

“The LORD make His face shine upon you.”   Picture God smiling on you, and then similarly, how the Israelites must have felt! How comforting!

“…and be gracious to you.”   God always shows His people tender mercy.

“The LORD lift up His countenance upon you…”  the LORD smiles and looks favorably upon His people.

“…and give you peace.”   In Hebrew, the word for peace is “shalom.”  Consider what total peace feels like; that’s the LORD’s desire for all His children.

Since our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, His desire for His followers THEN is the same as what He wishes and desires for us today too.

I use this BLESSING often as a benediction in our church services. You might want to reread it and picture the LORD providing you with same that He offered His children then.

Prayer: LORD, thank You for all the blessings You offer me in these verses. By faith, I receive them all now. Amen.