Friday, June 22, 2012

The Aaronic Blessing: Numbers 6:24-26

The Aaronic blessing is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.
May you feel Gods love for you today as you meditate on His words.
22 The Lord said to Moses,
23 “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. "

- Numbers 6:24-26

This passage is also known as "The Priestly Blessing." 

God's clearly instructs Moses to speak to his brother Aaron,
the High Priest at the time, and to his Sons with the exact words to be used to bless the people of Israel. The last verse (27) saying: 
"So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them"
(note - the Bible specified that only Aaron or his descendants were allowed to impart this blessing upon the people of Israel)

Today, the Aaronic blessing (verses 24-26) is used often in both churches and synagogues as a benediction . "Bene" means "good" and "diction" means "pronouncement". The pastor or priest will lift up his hand or hands and pronounce the blessing over the congregation. 
I always love that!  I could feel the peace of the blessing.

The tradition partly derives from Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! 

Here is The Aaronic Blessing in Hebrew: 
I thought it interesting.

הוהי ךכרבי ךילא וינפ הוהי ראי ךנחיו םולש םשיו ךילא וינפ הוהי אשי 
Transliteration Yeh-va-reh-cheh-cha Yahveh veh-yeesh-meh-reh-cha Ya-air Yahveh pa-naiv ay-leych-cha vee-chu-neh-cha Yee ...

The Original Hebraic Meaning:

The Aaronic Blessing has been examined for its original Hebraic meaning by the Ancient Hebrew Research Center as follows: 
"Yahweh will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection, Yahweh will illuminate the wholeness of his being toward you bringing order and he will beautify you, Yahweh will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you and he will set in place all you need to be whole and complete."
Click here to read the full explanation on their website

What is a Blessing according to the Bible?
In the Bible there are several words that translate into "bless or blessing". 
According to the Ancient Hebrew Research Center, the Hebrew words most often translated "bless" is "barak", (interesting coincidence);
however,  it can also literally mean "to kneel". 
A "berakah" is a "blessing" but more literally, the bringing of a gift to another on bended "knee". explores the concept of the Biblical meaning of "bless". Click here for a brief explanation.

The English Dictionary Meaning of Blessing:

According to the noun "blessing" is generally defined as follows:
1) the act or words of a person who blesses
2) a special favor, mercy or benefit ex: the blessings of liberty
3) a favor or gift bestowed by God
3) the invoking of God's favor upon a person
5) praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal

What did you think? Did you learn anything new? I would love you comments.

To God be the Glory!  -Julie