September 20, 2022

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Numbers 6:24–26 ESV (English Standard Version)

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Pastor's Commentary

This passage was put into music Sunday morning as the song of preparation. It was appropriate for the message “Stay the course,” but it can also be connected to our Wednesday evening Faith Development Bible adult class, which dealt with the emotion of anger. The Hebrew word translated as “peace,” šālôm refers to an intact state of favorable circumstance. It includes personal wholeness, well-being, and a state of good health.

One interesting point brought out was that certain types of anger may affect our physical health. For example, according to one health resource, long-term, physical, uncontrolled anger leads to increased anxiety, high blood pressure, and headache.

The terms face and countenance are associated with a pleasing look. It means to turn toward someone with an expression of satisfaction. The closest English word is to smile. Contrary to anger, a smile lowers stress and anxiety.

In God’s Word for today, Moses speaks a blessing upon the LORD’s people. God is slow to anger, and we should also strive to be slow to anger. So, let’s practice smiling more. It is healthy not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.