For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
Leviticus 16:30 (KJV)
Before – Is God forgiving of all sin? Can He forgive all sin? Sure we’re familiar with Mark 3:29 wherein Yeshua explains that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin, but what about other sin? Is there any sin in which God has no right to forgive? “No”, you might say. “God forgives all sin through the atonement of Yeshua.” But there’s a reason this question arises, and it starts here with this word “before”. Continue reading “Forgiving All Sin”
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:26 (KJV)
Lift up his countenance – Here we are again, back to the word “face”, although this time translated as “countenance”. As we discovered before paniym is the Hebrew word for “face”, but is always used in the plural – “faces”. In verse 25 we read that this priestly blessing calls for YHWH’s faces to shine upon you, but in this verse the call is made for YHWH to “lift up” His faces upon you. Why is this short and reverent blessing focusing on His face to the point of mentioning it twice? Continue reading “Focusing on His Face”
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
Numbers 6:25 (KJV)
Face – An idiom says a lot about a culture. In America, we have the idiom “two faced” when describing someone’s hypocrisy. If a person said different things to different people in order to win favor, we’d consider them to be two faced. We recognize that they are showing one face to one person and another face to the other. But in the Hebrew, our God has two faces. Continue reading “The Faces of God”