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Birkat Kohanim: The Priestly Blessing and the Messiah's Nazarite Vow

Birkat Kohanim: The Priestly Blessing and the Messiah's Nazarite Vow

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The enigmatic relationship between the Nazarite vow and the Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) is answered in the Messiah of Yisrael. As ha'Cohen ha'Gadol,the Great Priest(translated "High Priest"),the Messiah continually reveals the greatness of the Father's Name to His chasidim/followers.
The enigmatic relationship between the Nazarite vow and the Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing) is answered in the Messiah of Yisrael. As ha'Cohen ha'Gadol,the Great Priest(translated "High Priest"),the Messiah continually reveals the greatness of the Father's Name to His chasidim/followers.

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Myrbdl Myrpomh
 
 Ha’Misparim La’Debarim
The Numbers of the Words
by Craig Wm. Peters
 Birkat Kohanim:The Priestly Blessing and the Messiah’s Nazarite Vow
a
 
In Hebrew, the Priestly/Levitical/Aaronic Blessing
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has a very special structure:Each line of the blessing has a remarkable, progressive number of letters and words thatforms a most instructive pattern. We will study this amazing structure, but first, we shouldlook at the blessing in its Hebrew form, along with a literal translation beneath:
 
 
 
KrmSyw hwhy Kkrby
and He guards YHWH He blesses youyou
 
 
 
Knxyw Kyla wynp hwhy ray
and He to you His face YHWH He shinesfavors you
 
 
 
MwlS Kl Msyw Kyla wynp hwhy asy
shalom/peace for you and He puts to you His face YHWH He lifts
This was the blessing which
hwhy
commanded
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upon the children of Yisrael through Aharonthe great priest, and his sons:He blesses you,
hwhy
, and He guards you;He shines,
hwhy
, His Face to you, and He favors you;He lifts,
hwhy
, His Face to you, and He puts for you shalom.So shall they put My Name upon the sons of Yisrael, and I, I will bless them. Numbers 6:22-27When
hwhy
later spoke of His Name
being called upon
 
3
 
His people, it was nothing less than areference to this Blessing—the blessing that put
 His Name
on His people. Many today stillrecite this blessing. However, the Name of 
hwhy
is most often
omitted 
 being replaced withvarious translations: Some use “the LORD” while others substitute the Hebrew title“Adonai.” But are any of these replacements acceptable? We are warned by
hwhy
in theTorah not to take anything away from the Word of Elohim:
4:2 You shall not add to the word which I command you,neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep thecommandments of 
hwhy 
your Elohim which I command you.
1
Throughout this study, the three will be used interchangeably: Priestly Blessing, Aaronic Blessing, or Levitical Blessing.
2
Psalm 42:8
3
2Chronicles 7:14. This text is erroneously translated … “
who are called by My Name;
” it should be rendered, “
Uponwhom My Name is called 
”—a clear reference to the Priestly Blessing which places the Name of 
hwhy
upon His people. If correctly translated, other texts convey the very same thing. Amos 9:11-12, Acts 15:13-18
 
 2
12:32 Specifically, all that I command you, that shall youobserve to do: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32And in the same manner,
eswhy
teaches us that, until heaven and earth pass away, not even asingle jot or a tittle will pass away from the Torah.
4
So while many well-meaning peoplesincerely pronounce this blessing on their fellow believers, their replacement of the Name of 
hwhy
with a
substitute title
violates the Torah and the word of the Messiah.
5
Further,removing the Name from this blessing not only
diminishes
the Word of 
hwhy
,
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in alllikeliness, it completely negates its intended value (of imparting the Name). This the blessingwhich
hwhy
has
commanded 
upon His people Yisrael, and no one has the right to alter it.The use of nothing less than the Name of 
hwhy
is also critical for another reason:
eswhy
 prophesied the Yahudim (Jews) would not see Him again until they said
 of Him
, the Messiah:
 Blessed is He that comes in the Name of 
hwhy 
.
Psalm 118:26, Matthew 23:39
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 This prophecy diametrically opposes the long-standing Jewish tradition of not pronouncingthe Qadosh
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Name of 
hwhy
. How can the Yahudim say of their Messiah, “
 Blessed is He that comes in the Name of 
hwhy 
,
” when they will not even utter the Name? Quite simply, noMessianic believer who is
a physical descendant of Yahudah
will ever fulfill this prophecyuntil they begin honoring the Word and the Name of 
hwhy
by speaking His Name withreverence and honor and by proclaiming the Name of 
hwhy
in anticipation of the Messiah’sreturn.
hwhy
asserts His people will know and honor His Name:
Therefore, My people will know My name;therefore, in that day, surely I am Hewho is speaking, “Behold it is I.”
Isaiah 52:6
 
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 Thus, it is with much gratitude that we direct the hearts of all believers to the inspired Wordof 
hwhy
and to the proper use of His Name within the Priestly Blessing.
4
Matthew 5:17-18, Luke 16:17.
5
Matthew 5:17-18
6
Deuteronomy
4
:2,
12
:32
7
Numbers 6:22-23, Psalm 42:8
8
Luke 13:35
9
(Set Apart; translated “holy”)
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Many have shown that the Ten Tribes of Yisrael migrated across the continent of Europe and settled in many areas:Denmark, Sweden, and also the regions of Great Britain. Of course, those many hordes of families of Yisraelite descentthat eventually traveled to America have also placed the heritage of Ya’acob (Jacob) in this land (the USA). And we believe the United States was blessed, not because of its own greatness, but to fulfill the promises of 
hwhy
to our fathers.Hence, many Messianic, American believers who utter the Name of 
hwhy
, praise the Name of 
hwhy
, and speak the Nameof 
hwhy
, are
even now,
 fulfilling the prophecy
of Psalm 118 as they daily proclaim of 
eSwhy
: “Blessed is He that comesin the Name of 
hwhy
!” See Steven Collins’ riveting exposé on the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh:http://stevenmcollins.com/html/usa_in_prophecy.html 
 
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The Number of Words and LettersWithin the Priestly Blessing
We show the blessing, once more, before discussing the number of Hebrew letters andwords in each of its lines:
KrmSyw hwhy Kkrby
(
Line
1)
Knxyw Kyla wynp hwhy ray
(
Line
2)
MwlS Kl Msyw Kyla wynp hwhy asy
(
Line
3)
Here is the first amazing thing about the inspired structure seen in the words and letters of this three-line blessing:Line 1 has:
3
words and
15
letters.Line 2 has:
5
words and
20
letters.Line 3 has:
7
words and
25
letters.Readers who wish to count for themselves will notice the number of 
words
per line goes from3 to 5 to 7, while the number of 
letters
per line goes from 15 to 20 to 25.
The Evenness of an Odd Number, and the Middle Words of the Blessing
At first, the question might sound a bit surprising, but have you ever considered the
evenness
of an odd number? Notice for the numbers3,5, and7, there is
one
in the middleand an
even number of numbers
on either side:
11
 1 
1
 1 1 1 
1
 1 1 1 1 1 
1
 1 1 1 Looking at the above lines, we see that
 three
may be represented as having one in the middleand
 one
on either side; in the same way,
 five
may be represented as having one in the middleand
 two
on either side; and in like manner,
 seven
may be represented as having one in themiddle and
 three
on either side:Three:1 
1
 1 Five:2
1
 2 Seven:3 
1
 3 In one sense, then, every odd number is even (or 
balanced 
), and this
evenness
further callsour attention to the
 middle
of the sequence: In every odd number, there exists a
middlenumber.
For 1-
2
-3, the middle number is
two
; for 1-2-
3
-4-5, the middle number is
three
; andfor 1-2-3-
4
-5-6-7, the middle number is
 four 
. This
middle number 
is shown just below for each of the odd numbers 3, 5, and 7:1 – 
2
– 31 – 2 – 
3
– 4 – 51 – 2 –3 – 
4
– 5 – 6 – 7And if anyone thinks this is “stretching it,” there is yet another way our attention is
mathematically directed 
towards this middle number. In the case of 
every odd number 
, thismiddle number is also the
average
, or the
mean
, of each set of numbers:
11
(Try it for any odd number! It works!)

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