Here we are... the second week of the year, and thus our second verse of the year. Granted, this week's verse isn't a singular verse, but actually three verses.
Yes, I know I said we would memorize 50 verses, but it's more like 50 passages, which may contain one verse, two verses, or more. Apologies for misleading any of you who may be disappointed in this news. But from time to time we will have easy verses, like the one last week, Genesis 1:1.
Are you able, at this moment, to recite Genesis 1:1 from memory? Make sure that as we progress you review previous verses from time to time.
This week for our memories we are seeking to add Numbers 6:24-26. This passage comes at the end of the chapter that gives us instructions on the Nazirite vow. However, verses 24-26, do not pertain to the Nazirite vow. They pertain to the blessing that God commanded Aaron to use to bless the people of Israel.
(Logos Bible Software)
This blessing, which is often used as a benediction at many churches today, is essentially composed of three lines. Each line starting with Yahweh, the subject, followed by two verbs that are related.
Yahweh bless you and keep you
Yahweh make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you
Yahweh lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace
If the word countenance is throwing you off, replace it with the word 'face'. It is essentially asking that Yahweh would smile upon you, that is to show favor or pleasure towards you.
This blessing is a reminder of what God desires for us. Remember, He is the one who told Aaron to give this blessing. God wants His people to know that He wants to favor us, He wants to bless us with many blessings. This blessing is a reminder of the relationship Yahweh desires to have with us.