“The LORD make his face to shine upon you”

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Last Sunday in church the sermon was mostly based on the Priestly Blessing also called the Aaronic Blessing. The Priestly Blessing is found in Numbers 6:24-27. “The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them:

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

The people of Israel believed God’s blessing upon them influenced their lives and the destiny of their nation. The people believed that what happened to them was dependent on the will of God. The word “blessing” appears almost four hundred times in the Hebrew Bible. Eighty-seven times God is the one who blesses…

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