“God’s Name On Me!”(Num.6:22-27).
The LORD told Moses to tell Aaron and his sons, “This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: ‘The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.’ So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Today’s text is what has come down to us as the priestly or Aaronic blessing (benediction). Worshippers who leave worship service without waiting for this blessing miss an important element of the worship service.
The benediction is usually given at the end of the service so that the people should receive divine blessing and God’s name. The raised hands of ministers towards the people during tge benediction is the symbolism of putting God’s name on the people.
God blesses us as he keeps us in his presence. He makes his face to shine upon us accompanied by his graciousness and lastly he turns toward us and gives us peace. Peace, not as the world gives, it is peace that passes human understanding. This peace is not just the absence of strife; it is a positive state of rigthness and well-being that can only come from God.
The benediction is the mark of a loving father on his children.
To keep us God had to send his Son to redeem us, to be the ransom that was paid to free us from the bondage of sin. He makes his face shine upon us, shows us his graciousness abd turns his face towards us as the Holy Spirit dwells with us and in us.
May we receive his name so that we can move and have our being in him.
Prayer of the day and week: Lord put your name on us, bless us daily and give us your peace. Amen!
Welcome back to a new working day and week! Have a blessed day and week! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.