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The Lord Bless You and Keep You: The Promise of the Gospel in the Aaronic Blessing
Glodo, Michael J.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You: The Promise of the Gospel in the Aaronic Blessing

ISBN: 9781433584237
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Book Description:

"The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you," (Numbers 6:24-25).

For centuries, Christians have read these words and received them as a blessing. But have they deeply considered the meaning behind them? What does it mean for God's face to shine upon his people?

Faces are often referred to as the window to the soul, displaying emotion and providing relational clarity between individuals. This theme of faces reverberates throughout Scripture, first appearing with Adam and Eve and notably surfacing in the Aaronic benediction in Numbers 6.

The Lord Bless You and Keep You explores this benediction to discover the important connection between a person's face and the face of God-finding that through faces, God shines the light of the gospel upon his people and offers his grace, goodness, and blessing to those who believe in him.

Read Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Prequel to the Aaronic Blessing: The Context of the Blessing
Chapter 2: The Meaning of Numbers 6:22-27: The Content of the Blessing
Chapter 3: The Aaronic Blessing in Light of the New Testament: The Christ of the Blessing
Chapter 4: The Aaronic Blessing and Me: The Consequences of the Blessing, Part 1-Just Look at Yourself
Chapter 5: The Aaronic Blessing and Others: The Consequences of the Blessing, Part 2-Seeing Others Face-to-Face
Chapter 6: The Aaronic Blessing and Worship: Participation and Pastoral Practice
Appendix: A Liturgy of God's Gracious Gaze


Michael J. Glodo (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of pastoral theology and former dean of the chapel at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. He is a contributor to A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament and the ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible, as well as numerous articles, including many at Reformed Faith & Practice.


"Deep in the Reformation worship tradition of both Luther and Calvin is the consistent use of the Aaronic blessing. So it is a delight and a privilege to read and recommend Michael Glodo's book-length treatment of this beautiful and powerful portion of God's word, deepening our understanding and renewing our use of our Reformed heritage."
--Bryan Chapell, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church in America

"This book infuses our shallow understanding of what it means to be blessed with scriptural insight and textual richness. It invites us to think more deeply about what is promised in the familiar words of the Aaronic blessing so that we hear them with fresh meaning and find ourselves receiving them with profound joy."
--Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden

"Michael Glodo's The Lord Bless You and Keep You is a rich exposition of a beloved and important divine blessing. Glodo's many years of teaching biblical studies and pastoral theology, as well as his own pastoral experience and instincts, really show up in this book. This exegetical, biblical-theological deep dive into the Aaronic blessing will edify you devotionally and equip you to understand the profundity of what it means for the Lord's face to shine upon his people."
--Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

"We often hear the words of the Aaronic blessing pronounced at the end of worship services. There's a beauty to its rhythm; its vocabulary sparkles with grace-bless, keep, peace. And we all want God's face to shine on us! And yet, despite the popularity of this blessing, we rarely hear anyone explaining what these words really mean or what difference they make to daily life. Thankfully, Michael Glodo has arrived to help us! Combining the heart of a pastor with the understanding of an Old Testament scholar, as well as a deep appreciation of worship, he brings us treasure in both hands. The Lord Bless You and Keep You is a book to savor and enjoy."
--Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

"My earliest memory of church is the pronouncement of the Aaronic blessing at the close of worship. It seemed to connect us with ancient Israel and with the church through the ages, militant and triumphant. Michael Glodo has written a beautiful book that captures the emotional, theological, liturgical, and spiritual depths of this word from God. It will edify and strengthen you in faith and hope. It is the product of love for the church to the glory of God."
--Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 203
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: 2023