Daily Devotional Saturday 18th July 2020by William Moody
22 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
24 The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD lift up his countenance1 upon you and give you peace.
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
Here we have the Aaronic Blessing which often sung at baptisms and wedding services. This blessing was to be said to all of Israel (v22-23) and it reveals were true blessing comes from.
Blessing comes from the Lord, and God’s people are secure as God keeps them (v24). We need always to ask if our hope in the future is in God or in ourselves?
The Lord making His face shine upon His people (v25) surely speaks of the Lord looking on them with love and grace. This also must mean the Lord revealing His glory. Blessing in lives comes with a true knowledge of God.
Lifting up His countenance (v26) is again about God looking in favour to His people, this time it is to give peace (shalom), a state of perfect blessedness, security and contentment.
This blessing is very personal from the Lord. It speaks not of a cold distant God but a close watching God who cares for His people. Are your knowledge and thoughts of God like this?
Putting God’s name on His people (v27) is about identity and the Lord claiming His people for His own. Wonderful protection and blessing that comes with this.
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