Benedictions: Blessing and Cursing

Perhaps many of you have heard this benediction at the end of a worship service:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

You know what is astonishing about receiving this blessing?  Jesus received the exact opposite from the Father so that we could receive the real one.  Jesus received this:

I will Curse You and keep You out; I will turn My face from You, and be wrathful to You; I will lift up My justice upon You, and give You death.

Next time you receive this blessing, thank God, for His Son, who became sin so we could become the righteousness of God in Him.

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