Numbers 6:27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
The 4-6th chapters of Numbers deal with more laws and regulations on how Israel was to conduct itself. At the very end of the 6th chapter is this seemingly “extraneous” passage now known as the Aaronic blessing. However, it is not trivial at all because it was God’s way of invoking His special blessing upon His chosen people as well as “putting [His] name on the Israelites.”
Any minister who leads a congregation today should take note of the Aaronic blessing because it is a priestly benediction that any pastor can invoke upon the body of Christ within that person’s care. As an under-shepherd of the Great Shepherd, all pastors/ministers of the gospel should speak this blessing upon God’s people because it (1) invokes God’s blessing upon the people and (2) identifies them (or tags them) as His chosen people, as it did for ancient Israel. The blessings God gave in the past are still being given to His people today. He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. He does not change, but we do.
Father, I invoke the Aaronic blessing upon my family: my wife and me. May You bless us, keep us, make Your face shine upon us, be gracious to us, turn Your face toward us, and give us Your peace. What a wonderful life we can live with those great things invoked upon us and having Your name YHWH put upon us identifying us as Yours. Thank you so much! May Your love be found in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.