וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃
דַּבֵּ֤ר אֶֽל־אַהֲרֹן֙ וְאֶל־בָּנָ֣יו לֵאמֹ֔ר כֹּ֥ה תְבָרֲכ֖וּ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל אָמֹ֖ור לָהֶֽם׃
יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָ֖ה וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃
יָאֵ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה ׀ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃
יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה ׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֹֽום׃
וְשָׂמ֥וּ אֶת־שְׁמִ֖י עַל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וַאֲנִ֖י אֲבָרֲכֵֽם׃
“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
This passage is commonly referred to as Aaron’s Blessing or Aaron’s Prayer. Aaron was the brother of Moses, and the first High Priest of the Israelites (of the Levite, or priestly order). Aaron is well known for his appointment by God to be Moses’ nabi, or spokesman, before Pharaoh prior to the Exodus of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 7:1). The name Aaron is interesting, meaning enlightened, exalted, or mountain of strength. In Egyptian, which is of note, aha rw (Aaron) meant warrior lion. He was elegant of speech as well as bold, even amidst some of his great mistakes – notably yielding to the people’s requests to make a golden calf to worship at the base of Mount Sinai while Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 32:1-6).
At the battle of Amalek (Exodus 17), Aaron, along with Hur, are faithful to uphold Moses’ arms while he upheld the rod of God, thus ensuring victory. God spoke to, and through, Aaron. Aaron executed God’s will through fulfilling his priestly duties. In the above blessing, we understand that it was the duty of the priests to bless the people in the name of the Lord. This is a model prayer, in which the name of Jehovah is mentioned three times.
Comparatively in the New Testament we find a fitting counterpart via the benediction given in 2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Christians may understand the three-fold usage of Jehovah to be in referendum to the Trinity.
Aaron’s Prayer is composed of three blessings. When reflected upon it has a deeply rich and profound substance that is applicable to our lives today. God certainly desires to bless His children with His goodness. He showers us with blessings daily and upholds us in our daily lives, keeping us together. His grace is unlimited and eternal towards the objects of His affection. Like the light of the sun, God’s light shines upon us (literally enlightening us). Samuel said, “…the LORD turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29). He is the proverbial lamp unto our feet and light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Without God’s blessing we would be incapable of knowing peace. Jesus spoke these words of reassurance in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Jesus has overcome the world and will give us peace in the midst of the troubles of this life if we will only trust Him (John 16:33).