‘B’rachot Hakohanim’ - G-d’s perfect blessing
In this week’s ‘Torah’ portion, ‘Parsha Naso’, Aaron and his descendants, the ‘kohanim’ (priests), were given instructions by G-d on how to bless the people of Israel”.
We see this in Numbers 6:22-27: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. 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 lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
In fact, the ‘Priestly Blessing’ is G-d’s perfect blessing.
This blessing, known as the ‘B’rachot HaKohanim’ (Priestly Blessing), is divided into 3 parts: The guardianship of G-d, the grace of G-d, and the peace of G-d.
THE GUARDIANSHIP OF G-D
“The LORD bless you and keep you”
This denotes that the L-rd blesses you with life, health and prosperity and that He grants you His Divine protection against evil, sickness, poverty and calamity.
The Hebrew word used for “keep” denotes: ‘keep your feet from stumbling and deliver your soul from death’ pointing to the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, through whom came the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
In other words, “The LORD bless you and keep you” is saying: ‘The L-rd bless you with the forgiveness of sin and everlasting life in Heaven’.
G-d not only guards our earthly body, He also guards are soul and our spirit
THE GRACE OF G-D
“The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you”
The Hebrew word used for “shine”, ‘ya’er’, denotes “G-d shines an outpouring of Divine love and salvation.”
It also denotes the “light of His Shechinah (Glory)” pointing to the ‘Ruach HaKodesh’ (Holy Spirit) whose light shines through those that have come to faith in the true “Light”, Yeshua.
John 8:12 tells us: “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
However, Yeshua instructs His church to be His light to the world which we see in Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world”.
In other words, “The LORD make His face shine upon you” means that the L-rd gives you the enlightenment of His ‘Shechinah’ to be His light to others.
THE PEACE OF G-D
“The LORD lift up His countenance upon you”
Some translations say: “turn His face to you” denoting His full attention and His loving care.
In Isaiah 54:8 G-d, speaking to Israel says: “In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.”
This shows G-d’s commitment of love to His chosen people, Israel.
“And give you His ‘shalom’ (peace)”
The “peace” spoken about here is peace in your coming in, peace in your going out, and peace with all men.
Rabbinical teaching says that “great is peace, for it is the seal of all blessings”.
Rabbinical teaching also says that this ‘shalom’ not only gives us freedom from disaster, it is a peace that reconciles and strengthens; that calms us and clears our minds and our vision; that frees us from restlessness from the bondage of an unsatisfied desire; that gives us the consciousness of attainment.
It is a peace that is complete and all-encompassing.
It is a peace that transcends all understanding. It is a peace that counteracts fear. It is a peace that can only come through the Jewish ‘Mashiach’, Yeshua.
John 14:27, Yeshua speaking: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
It is a peace that brings abounding hope - Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”.
It is a peace that you can have right now through Yeshua if you are willing to receive it completely.
It is a peace that Jewish people can only fully attain by coming to faith in Yeshua.
G-d’s desire is for all people, Jews and Gentiles, to live in His full blessing, and this can only happen if one accepts the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, as L-rd and Saviour.
You see, as wonderful as the ‘B’rachot HaKohanim’ is, G-d’s FULL blessing is salvation. And this is G-d’s heart for all people - 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
The greatest blessing you can give anyone is by telling them about THE “Light of the World”, Yeshua and by giving them the good news of salvation.
The Great Commission Mandate is based on the truth that “G-d so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
Both Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua have a mandate to declare this good news to sinners beginning with Jewish people.
For some of you, you may be the only one who can tell a Jewish person about his or her Messiah.
And for some of you, you may be the only one who can tell your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances about his or her Messiah.
You have been blessed by Almighty G-d, now go and be a blessing to others.