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The Benediction.

The Benediction.

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BY REV. A. LOCHMAN d. d.

TEXT. — And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto
Aaron and unto his sons, saying. On this wise ye shall bless the
children of Israel, saying unto them. The Lord bless thee, and keep
thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious
unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give
thee peace. Numbers vi. 33, 23, 34, 35, 36.
BY REV. A. LOCHMAN d. d.

TEXT. — And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto
Aaron and unto his sons, saying. On this wise ye shall bless the
children of Israel, saying unto them. The Lord bless thee, and keep
thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious
unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give
thee peace. Numbers vi. 33, 23, 34, 35, 36.

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THE BENEDICTION. BY REV. A. LOCHMAN d. d. TEXT. — And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying. On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers vi. 33, 23, 34, 35, 36. From the very beginning of the Christian churqh it has been the custom to dismiss the congregation with a benediction or blessing. This has been con-sidered by many a mere form, of little significance -or importance; hence so little attention is paid when it is pronounced. There is a listlessness, thought-lessness, yea, even a trifling demeanor, unbecoming the house of God and unbecoming a Christian con-gregation, a thoughtless gaping around, putting on overcoats, adjusting shawls, as though it were a mere idle ceremony; and for all the good it does, it might as well be dispensed with. And yet, I ven-ture to say, if the minister were to omit it, and merely say, " The service is over, you may now go
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home," all would be shocked and stand still, afraid to move. It may be of importance to dwell upon this sub- ject to secure attention to the blessing which is not 88 THE BENEDICTION. only pronounced, but offered, in the name of the Master, to all who are willing to receive and appro-priate it to themselves. .We propose to consider I. The origin. ' II. The design and graciaus effects of the bene-diction. Under the Old Testament dispensation, the priests were appointed to instruct and offer sacri-%es, but they were also solemnly set apart to -bless the people. Thus, we read, Deut. xxi. :5., '' And the priests and the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the Lord hath chosen to rninister unto him
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and to bless in the name of the Lord;" The bless-ing was not theirs, it was the Lord's; they were only to offer it in his narpe. In the text, Aaron and his sons .were to bless the people, and God gave them the very words they were to use. The priest was God's mouth to the people, only the instrument through which God imparts the blessing. It may be well for us to consider the import-ance of the benediction which Aaron and his sons were to pronounce upon the people. It cannot but strike every attentive reader, that the name Lord is mentioned three times and in each case a special manifestation of God to his people is set forth. Thus: "The Lord bless thee and keep thee." Here-THE BENEDICTION. 89 the protection and care of God the Father is prom-ised. "The Lord make his face to shine upon thee,** Here the revelation of God and the offer and im-portance of his grace through Jesus Christ is prom-
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