What's in a Name?
In this way they will pronounce my name over the Israelites and I will bless them.
Numbers 6:27 CVS
I wonder in amazement at all that’s covered within the few words found in the benediction in Numbers 6:22-27. Thirty-one words cover the totality of all Christians desire in life: May Yahweh bless you and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace. The word count will vary in the Hebrew language, but nonetheless, the succinct blessings cover every dimension of life that our hearts long for. The words also show God’s commitment to Israel, a commitment which promises earthly security, prosperity, and everything that would indicate general well-being.
Then, in verse twenty seven, God provides an explanation for the blessing, In this way they will pronounce My name over the Israelites, and I will bless them. The name of God is a reflection of Who He is—the totality of His character. The Hebrew language translates this phrase “they shall put my name upon.” The pronouncing of God’s name over Israel was considered an effective means of blessing. It showed that the people of Israel belong to Yahweh rather than to one of the many gods worshiped during that time. Because of this pronunciation, God will bring them prosperity.
God’s blessings eventually extended to followers of His son, Jesus Christ. We see Jesus using the name of God in the New Testament when He speaks of coming in the name of the Father (John 5:43). In doing this He was evoking the fullness of God’s character represented by God’s name upon His public ministry. When we pray, we pray in the name of Jesus, the fullness of God in man who made direct access available to God by His atoning death on the cross. Oh my, what’s in a name? Everything!
Father, Your name is all powerful and represents Your presence, Your blessing, and Your ownership in my life. Show me how to bring the fullness of who You are over those I pray for as I pray in Your name.