A Blessing in the Wilderness
Sitting here, I’ve been attempting to see and sync historical connections and have them make sense. I was wrestling, pondering, & researching until this sense settled on me, “It’s not about history, as much as it is about now,” the Lord spoke clearly. “Ok, what are you saying about now, Lord?”
“I have a blessing for my people.”
Allow me to go back for a moment.
Over six weeks ago, I began studying the events within the book of Numbers. From the first six chapters, I clearly heard the Lord speak, “This is for today”. Each of those first six chapters of Numbers began with the phrase, “And the Lord spoke…” The word was clear, this is what the Lord is speaking to us today too.
So, seizing that impression of the Spirit, I proceeded to write six Sunday Sermon Blogs, sumizing what the Lord is saying today, to us. They are:
- June 18, 2022 – Father’s Are Essential
- June 25, 2022 – Under What Banner Are You Camping?
- July 2, 2022 – Gardians of the …
- July 9, 2022 – Calling Out Those Who Are Called to Carry
- July 16, 2022 – Clean Up in America
- July 23, 2022 – A Holy Nation
Thinking that I was done, (because chapter 7 begins a different way & goes in a different direction), I paused and reviewed Numbers chapters 1-6. Tucked away, in the last 6 verses of chapter 6 is the one of, if not the most powerful blessings of the Old Testament. “The Priestly Blessing” or the “Aaronic Blessing”.
It reads –
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ” Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: 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 shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”Numbers 6:22-27 ESV
The Lord wasn’t done speaking to me, or them or YOU! He had a blessing yet to be released upon His people – a blessing for us, in our wilderness. For you, in your wilderness.
Let’s look at it more closely.
- The Lord – bless & keep you
- The Lord – make His face shine on you & be gracious to you
- The Lord – lift up His countenance on you & give you peace
Notice, three times The Lord‘s name, Yaweh, is mentioned? This represents emphasis and carries force with it. It also represents the fullness of God and His promises. Three in one Lord – Jesus, God and Holy Spirit. This blessing, the favor of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit is all in all here. Wow.
Each verse then, conveys two concepts of blessing. The Father God, 2 concepts. Jesus, the Son, 2 concepts. And Holy Spirit, 2 as well.
The promise and favor of God is promised to bless you and keep you. An invocation of blessing is being spoken upon you by God and a hedge of protection is being built around you to guard and keep watch over you.
The blessing that flows from the Lord, Jesus is His light breaking into your darkness and bringing His illumination and glory, and as a loving bridegroom, bending down and bestowing kindness, grace & favor upon His beloved.
This blessing from the Holy Spirit brings a lifting up, as the flood lifts up the ark and with it complete contentment, soundness, safety and prosperity.
Look at what is spoken over you by the Lord. Look at what His promise is to you. Look at all He provides to His people, those who listen for and follow His voice. Blest indeed are we.
What more could we possible need? Why do we seek anything else?
We must remember that the Lord is faithful and rewards those who deligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 Their reward is His blessing, favor, protection, peace, illumination, kindness, grace, contentment, prosperity and soundness.
The power of this amazing priestly blessing is for us, not just the Israelites. It is for the fathers, the families, the carriers of His presence, the guardians of His presence, the cleaned up (by repentance) and set apart ones. (mentioned in chapters 1-6) God’s blessing is promised AND spoken upon them, upon Us.
Could it be that the reason the number 1 video, “THE BLESSING”, was circulating in every nation during the 2020 pandemic is because that is what THE LORD was speaking to His people worldwide? The Lord was speaking The Priestly Blessing over His people worldwide. Jesus, our high priest was speaking His blessing, favor and peace upon His people in the midst of their wilderness experience.
The Lord was blessing His people worldwide by setting His name upon them and marking them with His honor, authority and character. I believe it was released worldwide in 2020 and is still settling upon those who choose to follow Him.
God was blessing them in the wilderness in 1440 BC and He is offering that same blessing in our wilderness of 2022.
“The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and adds no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22
Let’s open ourselves up and fully receive it. Let’s walk in the blessing of the Lord in our wilderness.
Receive right now, your blessing in the wilderness.