Church

In the Lutheran church and maybe other denominations they would share this blessing right before the church family went home:

“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 6:23

Aaron taught the priest to say this to bless the Israelites. It is an old and wise blessing.

Why did I pick Church as a blessing for today’s word. I picked the Church because we should find blessings within and be sharing blessings outwardly from our church.
When we start to look too much inwardly to our church family we diminish the work of Christ in our midst.

We have tremendous possibilities within our churches if we just start serving God’s purpose. Church is a blessing to us, if we are in a relationship with God’s son, Jesus Christ. We find strength and power in his name.

“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.”
The Lord bless you (individually – results in community blessing)

The Lord give you well being, in your life, in your health, in your relationships, in your hearts, in your emotions, the Lord prosper you in your work, in your study, in your activities.

The Lord Keep you

Like a shepherd keeps the sheep, watches over them, protects them, corrects them, guides them, the boast of Psalm 23 is the heart of this blessing

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

The Lord make his face to shine upon you

This basically means the Lord smile on you. This is the smile of pride, acceptance, love, affirmation (vs. frown – see Psalm 80:3,4). According to Psalm 31:16, when the Lord’s face shines on us, we are not put to shame, rather we are honored

The Lord be gracious toward you

May God give to you freely, undeserved though it is.

The LORD turn his face toward you

This is also translated “Lift up his countenance upon you.” It may be a repetition of smile but it more likely has the sense of the Lord pouring out his special attention on you. Just as when you as a parent are in a crowd, such as the exhibition, and your children are running around having fun – you keep your face toward them, you keep your watchful eye on them because in the crowd, they are your favorite, so to, this blessing includes that God treat you as his favorite child.

The Lord give you peace.”‘ The Lord give you Shalom- the rich Hebrew concept of peace which involves a whole lot more than just absence of war or turmoil, it implies well being, joy, a life that works right, a peace that lasts through trials and suffering. The Shalom of God sets our lives back in order again, it re- energizes our strength, it re-roots our faith, it heals our broken hearts, it sets us free from captivating trauma.

The blessing of God determines our future.

You see, everyone of us, and we all together as the church are limited, by our limits, by our brokenness, by our weakness. But when Jesus comes into the picture, he gives us his peace, and in giving us his peace, his blessing, his healing, his strength, he opens an entirely new future of possibilities for us.

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