Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Seeing God Face to Face - 3rd Step of the Aaronic Blessing

Seeing God Face to Face - Step 3 Video

“And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend… (Exodus 33:11)
Most people know that God spoke to Moses face to face. Did you know that this was God’s will for all His people, but because they had forgotten God’s ways, they were too afraid to do it:

And they said to Moses, “Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:19)
This is why God commanded everyone but Moses to stay away from Mount Sinai. Their own words had cursed them and kept them from approaching God. God’s original intention was to speak to all His people, the same way He spoke to Moses; as a friend, face to face. Through Jesus we are friends of God as well.
You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do. (John 15:14)
To be considered a “friend” we must do what He tells us to do. Then we can go beyond Secret Place visits, to face to face encounters.The Aaronic Blessing that was for all God’s people tells us this. As discussed in the previous articles, the first two lines of the blessing refer to:

1st Step (Click to read the article) 

Numbers 6:24
The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you..
Meaning:
Lord grant me gifts and place your thorny hedge of protection around me to keep me right where I should be.

2nd Step (Click to read the article)

Numbers 6:25
The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you
Meaning
Lord, reveal yourself to me and bring me to the Secret Place of the Most High, the tent of the Lord, where you can be gracious to me by providing for me and protecting me.

The final step to God actually speaking to us face to face:
 … The Lord lifts up His countenance upon you, and gives you peace. (Numbers 6:26 NKJV)
Nasa’ translates as “lift up,” but also means to “bear up” or “be lifted up.” The Hebrew word for “His countenance” is paniym, which also means “presence.” The word suwm translates as “upon you and give” and means “to put, set, lay, put or lay upon.” Many have come to know in recent years that shalowm (shalom) translated as “peace” also means “to be complete and to make whole in every aspect.” Putting all these concepts together, this should read:
Lord, lift us up into Your presence, let it lay upon us, and make us complete in every way.
This last verse of the Aaronic blessing is power-packed! We go from meeting with Him in the Secret Place to being lifted up into His very strong presence. The best part is that we don’t just get to visit rather we become carriers of His presence!

These are the face-to-face encounters that Moses had. If we look at a few verses before this we see what happens when we have this type of visit:
And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. (Exodus 33:9 AKJV)
The tabernacle is where the Ark of the Covenant was held. And the word tabernacle means tent. The Secret Place of the Lord is often referred to as the tent of the Lord. (Psalms 27:5) By continuing to visit the Lord in the Secret Place, He can teach us, heal us, and strengthen us. The final steps or level to this relationship are visits where God’s glory will come upon us as He speaks with us face to face.

Use this blessing in your prayer time while you wait for your visit to the Secret Place. Know that this is God’s will for His people. He is faithful and will bring us to Him in His time when we are ready to handle what He gives us!

There is power in the spoken word. I encourage you to say the original blessing then state your acceptance of the meaning that is behind it. I’ve placed the interpretation here with a personal application for easy access in case you want a template to pray from:
Lord grant me gifts and place Your thorny hedge of protection around me to keep me right where I should be.
Lord, reveal Yourself to me and bring me to the Secret Place of the Most High, the tent of the Lord, where You can be gracious to me by providing for me and protecting me.

Lord, lift us up into Your presence, let it lay upon us, and make us complete in every way.

After the meeting where we discussed this, we had an enlightening question and answer portion where the Holy Spirit gave much encouragement about visiting the Secret Place. The video for this is below:




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