The Perfect Smile
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: ~Numbers 6:25
Over the recent holidays, my family took a lot of photographs. Before each photograph, we told everyone to smile. One of two things usually happened after the photo is taken: either one or more of us would not be satisfied with our smile (or lack of), or we would say that our smile was perfect and move on to the next photo. A smile is said to be worth a thousand words. In Numbers 6:25, the benediction, “The LORD make his face shine upon thee” means the Lord smile upon thee. The Lord’s smiling upon us is the perfect smile.
We see the Lord’s sanction.
In Numbers 6:23-27, Aaron and his sons were commanded to bless the children of Israel. The blessing is threefold. Foremost in this blessing is the guarantee of the Lord’s presence. The greatest assurance that we have as God’s children is the assurance of His everlasting presence. Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Paul tells us in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” David testified, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” The smile of our Lord means we have His approval and favor on us.
We see the Lord’s supply.
“...And be gracious unto thee.” All of God’s gifts are the outpouring of His grace. Grace is God’s unmerited love bestowed on us. “The LORD... be gracious unto thee” is all encompassing of His supply. We see His grace in salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith.” We see His grace when we make sacrifices. "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." We see His grace when we are suffering. "My grace is sufficient for thee." We see His grace for serving. "Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably." Let us remember that God gives us grace and, when needed, more grace.
We see the Lord’s safety.
“The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” The Lord’s smile and presence provides for our safety and protection. I thin