Yahweh said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Israel: you are to say to them . . .”
The Priestly (or Aaronic) Prayer
Numbers 6:24-26 – “Y’varekh’kha Yahweh v’yishmerekha. Ya’er Yahweh panav eleikha vichunekka.Yissa Yahweh panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.” Translated into English, it reads: “Yahweh blesses you and keeps you. Yahweh makes his face shine on you and shows you his favor. Yahweh lifts up his face toward you and makes you whole.”
Older Covenant History
Leviticus 9:22 – “Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings.”
It was the province of the High Priest, Aaron, to say (or sing) the priestly prayer over the people according to the Older Covenant. When doing so, the High Priest would raise his hands in the double Hebrew letter shin, which mirrors the shape of the Cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, and put the name of Yahweh on the people. In other words, the High Priest would lift his hands and make a b’rakhah!
All fine and wonderful. But that’s just Older Covenant stuff, right? Hasn’t that been fulfilled?
Newer Covenant Parallel
So, what about the Newer Covenant? There is no longer a High Priest, according to the Rabbis, so speaking this prayer is no longer possible. Hold on, there pardner. We have the ultimate, eternal High Priest in Heaven, who stands before Yahweh to make intercession. And what did our High Priest do just before being carried into heaven at his rapture? “Yeshua led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them” (Luke 24:50). In other words, our High Priest, Yeshua, lifted his hands and made a b’rakhah! Without doubt, he lifted them in form of the double Hebrew letter shin, and said or sang the Priestly Prayer.
Wait, are you saying that just prior to his rapture, our High Priest, Yeshua, spoke the priestly prayer over his followers? Amen, that is exactly what I am saying.
Yahweh is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His High Priest, whom he commanded to bless his people with the Priestly Prayer, did so in the Older Covenant, did so in the Newer Covenant, and continues to do so in Heaven, and will always continue to do so for all eternity. Amen and Hallelujah!
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
The Aaronic Priestly Blessing