“Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
YHWH bless thee, and keep thee:
YHWH make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
YHWH lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
Verse 23 is interesting to me. In this verse we find Yahweh the Melech ha Olam, King of the Universe, instructing Aaron and his sons who are the priests, in how to bless the Children of Yisrael. In the KJV of the Bible each line in the prayer/blessing begins this way, “The LORD…”. The word LORD in the Hebrew is the tetragramaton that is spelled like this in modern the Hebrew font: יהוה We represent those Hebrew characters in English with these letters: YHWH or some like to use the more modern YHVH. This is the “memorial name” for the Creator and King of the whole earth. To learn more about “the name” which in Hebrew is ha Shem, read our article The Importance of a Name, which is on our sister site, SeektheAncientPath.com . It is important to know that the word LORD isn’t His name, it is only a title and sign of respect. We think that it is important to use and say His memorial name when making this declaration or prayer. Why?
Let’s look at the last verse for the answer, Numbers 6:27
“And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
One of the ways that YHWH, Yahweh, chooses to bless us is by putting His Name upon us. When we speak, pray, declare His name upon/over us, we are putting His name upon us. We are His children who are called by his name.
“I shall say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth – all those who are called by My Name, whom I have created, formed, even made for My esteem (glory).” The Scriptures 19988 version
2 Ch 7:14
“and My people upon whom My Name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I shall hear from the heavens, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” The Scriptures 1998 version.
The blessing itself is awesome but when we understand that in addition to the wonderful things that it says, that the King of the Universe YHWH is putting His name upon us to bless us it’s incredible. We feel that it is important to stop saying the English word “Lord” and use the Hebrew name for יהוה Yahweh (how ever you feel led to pronounce it) so that His name will be upon us.
Here is the transliterated Hebrew for the blessing:
Yevarech’cha יהוה ve’yishmerecha
Ya’er יהוה panav eleycha
Yissah יהוה panav eleycha veyasem
Jeff Benner’s expanded interpretation of this important blessing is given below. He has derived this from studying the Ancient Hebrew meanings and what he sees in it is so fantastic. Please be blessed by it:
Yahweh will kneel before you presenting gifts,
and he will guard you with a hedge of protection,
Yahweh will illuminate the wholeness of his being
toward you, bringing order, and
he will provide you with love, sustenance, and friendship,
Yahweh will lift up the wholeness of his being and
look upon you,
and he will set in place all you need
to be whole and complete and at peace.
Ahava & Shalom,