The Priestly Blessing, Passover, And The Jews

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Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) at the Kotel in Jerusalem 5771 (2011). Many thousands of Jews gathered at the Kotel (the Western Wall) on the 2nd day of Chol HaMoed Pesach 5771 (the intermediate days of the Passover festival of 2011) for Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing) in accordance with the Torah’s commandment in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) chapter 6 verse 23-27.

Passover: Begins sunset of Friday, April 22, 2016 and Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 30, 2016. No work permitted on April 23 – 24 and April 29 – 30. Work is permitted only on April 25 – 28 with certain restrictions. Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Our Passover megasite has tools, guides, insights, stories, inspiration—and just about everything you need to celebrate Passover. (But bring your own wine.)

The feast of Passover (Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 26:17-20)/Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:15-20) is one of the three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Exodus 23:14-19). The other two feasts are Pentecost (Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Acts 2:1) and Tabernacles/Booths/Ingathering (Nehemiah 8:13-18/John 7:2).

Numbers 6:22-27 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Priestly Blessing

22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’
27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

The feast of Passover (Exodus 12:1-14; Matthew 26:17-20)/Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:15-20) is one of the three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem (Exodus 23:14-19). The other two feasts are Pentecost (Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Acts 2:1) and Tabernacles/Booths/Ingathering (Nehemiah 8:13-18/John 7:2).

Consider the following study notes that relate to the Priestly Blessing.

MacArthur Study Bible, Editor, Dr. John MacArthur

6:22–27 Obedient Israel, organized before and consecrated to the Lord, was the recipient of God’s blessing (i.e., His favor) pronounced by the priests.

6:24 bless. The Lord’s blessing was described as His face (i.e., His presence) shining on His people (v. 25) and looking at them (v. 26). God shone forth in benevolence on Israel and looked on…

6:27 put My name. The name of the Lord represented His person and character. The priests were to call for God to dwell among His people and meet all their needs

Reformation Study Bible, Editor, Dr. R. C. Sproul

6:24–26 This threefold, divinely inspired blessing was pronounced by the priest with uplifted hands (Lev. 9:22). It moves from a general blessing (v. 24), to an invocation of God’s favor and presence (v. 25), and finally to a climactic mention of the peace that comes only with God’s gracious presence (v. 26). The pronouncement of this blessing placed God’s covenant name Lord (Yahweh) on the people (v. 27).

6:25 make his face to shine upon you. Here is a vivid figure for God looking favorably upon His worshipers. The closer one’s access to the face of God, the greater the blessing.

Consider the following information concerning Passover, The News, and the Names Of God.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/default_cdo/year/2016/jewish/2016-holidays.htm

Consider the following verses that relate to the special relationship that exists between God and Israel.

Exodus 33:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ 2 And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite

Exodus 31:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

READ THE FOLLOWING VERSE CAREFULLY

Exodus 31:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”

Exodus 34:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “The Feast of Unleavened Bread you shall keep. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the appointed time of the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from Egypt.

Exodus 34:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 “And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end.

23 “Three times in the year all your men shall appear before the Lord, the Lord God of Israel. 24 For I will cast out the nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither will any man covet your land when you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Zechariah 2:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

John 4:22 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_God_in_Judaism

Names of God in Judaism – See “Hashem”

The name of God used most often in the Hebrew Bible is the Tetragrammaton YHWH (Hebrew: יהוה‎). It is frequently anglicized as Jehovah and Yahweh and written in most editions of the Bible as “the Lord” owing to the Jewish tradition of reading it as Adonai (“My Lords”) out of respect.

Rabbinic Judaism describes seven names which are so holy that, once written, should not be erased: YHWH, El (“God”), Elohim(“Gods”), Eloah (“God”), El Shaddai, and Tzevaot or Sabaoth (“Of Hosts”). Other names are considered mhttps://youtu.be/xW4YB6fVvJoere epithets or titles reflecting different aspects of God,[1] but chumrah sometimes dictates especial care such as the writing of “G-d” instead of “God” in English or saying Ṭēt-Vav (טו, lit. “9-6”) instead of Yōd-Hē (יה, lit. “10-5” but also “Jah”) for the number fifteen in Hebrew.[2]

The documentary hypothesis proposes that the Torah was compiled from various original sources, two of which (the Jahwist and the Elohist) are named for their usual names for God (YHWH and Elohim respectively).

Enjoy the beautiful song of the Aaronic Blessing

“Aaronic Benediction” – Misha Goetz (Featuring Marty Goetz)

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