Adonai said to Moshe, “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them,
‘May Adonai bless you and keep you. May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor. May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.’
“In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.”*
The Aaronic (or priestly) blessing, Birkat HaKohanim in Hebrew, also is called Nesiat Kapayim – the lifting of the hands.
We read in Luke 24:50 of Yeshua – just before his ascension –
He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
Yeshua was blessing His disciples with the same blessing that His Father had commanded Aaron, through Moses, to speak over the house of Israel and thus place His name on them.
Imagine this. As Yeshua is speaking these words, He rises to begin His priestly ministry of intercession. He speaks the words that have been placed on His people for thousands of years and would be spoken for at least a few thousand more. I would like to offer my own paraphrase based on this study.
May the Lord bless you with all the material prosperity you need, and may He protect it so that you can do good works, especially that you may have the time to learn His Word.
May He give you insight into His Word so that you can see the absolute wonder of Who He is, how He’s causing all things to work for good in His plan, and through that, grant you favor with God and man.
May He top it off with everything you don’t deserve but desperately need, everything that He is more than willing to give you through His covenant love and affection, and may you be overwhelmed entirely with His peace!**
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* Numbers 6:22-27, Complete Jewish Bible
** Pastor Jay Christianson, Bridges for Peace Israel Teaching Letter, July 2009