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Words in the Night

P1030465In the middle of the night, lately, I’ve found myself waking, with some of the same words running through my mind, over and over… and then over and over— as if something deep inside me is trying to reach and grasp something that seems too good to be true, suspended teasingly just beyond my will and control.

In the morning, the memory of those words linger, to express a longing heart, and even more— to express… in the deepest reality and truth— the desire of God’s heart for us.

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. (Numbers 6:24-26).

This Aaronic (or Priestly) Blessing has been called “The Lord’s Prayer” of the first Covenant. It was given by the LORD to teach the priests of Israel how to pray for the people they served.

Looking back, we can read for ourselves how the joy and awareness of this blessing was lost by those who turned their faces and hearts away from the God who had rescued them from idols, slavery, and bondage.

Even Moses was not allowed to see the face of the One whose goodness, compassion and graciousness could not yet be fully revealed (Exo 33:18-23).

Yet, as many of us have now discovered, all of this was moving toward the day when the smile of God’s face would be seen by another diseased and demonized generation— who saw the glory and goodness of a High Priest who allowed himself to be criminalized, tortured, and publicly shamed to show us how much we are loved.

Now we can know, and “see” for ourselves… it wasn’t just for them, but for us, and for all— that the High Priest of God would, on the way to his prayers and sacrifice for us,  look up from the ground and into the eyes of a condemned woman to say, “where are your accusers now?”… neither do I condemn you…”

Not just in that day, but in the all that preceded and followed, we have seen how, and why, one nation was chosen— for all— to hear, believe, and trust, even in the middle of the night…

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.”


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Dreams have always had a profound influence on me, from my earliest memories through to right now. I am always looking for more and more encounters with God in them.

    I often don’t remember all my dreams, but have many each night and often instead of the detailed memory of them I am left with the *feeling* they left me with. Not always good.

    It appears dreams have always had an influence on mankind and several are mentioned in Scripture as being a communication from God. Even the Egyptian hieroglyphics give record of their dreams as do the ancient writings of the Greeks.

    Modern science tells us that our dreams are an action of our subconscious to balance things out in our mind so as to give us unconscious peace.

    I read a book years ago and its author thought that dreams we have from God are remembered in detail and the ones that are just dreams are just that, dreams.

    I am not sure he was right. The thought of God whispering into my mind as I sleep in order to give me rest and peace is a very comforting thought.

    At any rate the “Priestly” prayer Mart gives is one of hope given and offered to its intended receiver. One we can all use when thinking of blessing another, especially when we may not know what to say.

    Steve

  • poohpity says:

    That reminds me of how with a child most parents scream and yell to get their child’s attention but after learning how to better parent one walks over and gently cups the child’s face in their hands. Now the parent says “look at me, listen to what I am saying” then the child’s attention has been brought into focus then in a soft voice the parent shares whatever they need to share with that child((with few words). Then the parent goes one step further and asks what did you here me say? When the child has repeated it back then they both realize they are on the same page.

    To fully realize as the Lord holds our face gently in His hands time and time again to look to Him, to focus on Him and then asks us to repeat back what He has said to us, “hear, believe and trust”. With those few words comes a life of peace and rest for our weary souls.