The Prayer At The Window – Part Two

Introduction

This article is a continuation of my recent discourse about “The Prayer At The Window,” commonly known as Bircat HaKohanim (The Priestly Blessing). – Bamidbar 6:22-27

 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר. דַּבֵּר אֶל-אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל-בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר כֹּה תְבָרְכוּ אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אָמוֹר לָהֶם. יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ.  יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ.  יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם. וְשָׂמוּ אֶת-שְׁמִי עַל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַאֲנִי אֲבָרְכֵם.

Adonai said to Moshe, “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them, ‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
 Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.
 [May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
 Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
 [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’
“In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.” Bamidbar 6:22-27 (CJB)

It is important to know that the emphasis of this prayer is to put the Name of Adonai upon the people of Isra’el in order to receive the blessings of Heaven.

The problem is that no one can say for absolute certainty how to pronounce God’s Name but we can be fairly certain as to the meaning and significance of His Covenant Name – יהוה.

Therefore the purpose of this article is to explain the essential nature of “Adonai” as we explore the meaning and significance of His Covenant Name יהוה.

Root Meaning

In appearance יהוה – Adonai for the purpose of this essay – is the third person singular imperfect (Kal tense) of the word to be (להיות l’hiyot). L’hiyot is written in the third person singular imperfect as הוה – hoveh.

Our Sages say that hoveh means: He is, He lives, He will be, He breathes. We see this concept illustrated in Acts 17:28.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.” כִּי־בוֹ אֲנַחְנוּ חַיִּים וּמִתְנוֹעֲעִים וְקַיָּמִים

We have life in His name! Those who have put their trust in the Son of God experience the life and blessing of our Heavenly Abba!

Adonai also signifies that God is the One who lives forever. He is Self-Existent and Self-Sufficient.

Yeshua who is One with our Heavenly Abba declared:

אֲנִי הָאָלֶף וְהַתָּו רׂאשׁ וָסוֹף נְאֻם יְהוָֹה אֱלׂהִים הַהוֶֹה וְהָיָה וְיָבוֹא אֱלׂהֵי צְבָאוֹת׃

“I am the Alpha and the Omega [the Beginning and the End],” says the Lord God, “Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

(Revelation 1:8 -An expression of God’s absolute supremacy over all things.
Amplified Bible)

Conclusion

As I mentioned in my previous article: Just before Shavout 30 CE – after having spent forty days with his Talmidim – Yeshua led his disciples to Beit Anyah (Bethany) and from there as he ascended to heaven he blessed them with the “The Prayer at the Window.”

וַיּוֹצִיאֵם אֶל־מִחוּץ לָעִיר עַד־בֵּית הִינִי וַיִּשָּׂא אֶת־יָדָיו וַיְבָרֲכֵם׃
וַיְהִי בְּבָרֲכוֹ אׂתָם וַיִּפָּרֵד מֵעֲלֵיהֶם וַיִּנָּשֵׂא הַשָּׁמָיְמָה׃

“… then, raising his hands, he said a b’rakhah over them; and as he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.”
Luke 24:50-51 (CJB)

The Scriptures declare that Yeshua, our Cohen HaGadol (High Priest), is at the right hand of our Heavenly Abba interceding for us. – Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25. I believe that our High Priest’s intercessory prayers include the Bircat HaKohanim.

Please notice that after receiving Yeshua’s blessing that his talmidim continually worshipped and blessed Adonoi with great joy!

וְהֵם הִשְׁתַּחֲווּ־לוֹ וַיָּשׁוּבוּ לִירוּשָׁלַיִם בְּשִׂמְחָה גְדוֹלָה׃
וַיִּהְיוּ תָמִיד בַּמִּקְדָּשׁ מְהַלֲלִים וּמְבָרֲכִים אֶת־הָאֱלׂהִים אָמֵן׃

“And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy [fully understanding that He lives and that He is the Son of God]; and they were continually in the temple blessing and praising God.” – Luke 24:52-53 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore – Lift up your hands and receive life and joy in His Name !!!!

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Yosef Koelner was born in Chicago and raised in a Jewish home that his parents characterized as “Orthodox”. At birth he was given two first names, an English one, Harvey, and a Hebrew name, Yosef, which was given to him in remembrance of his mother’s deceased brother, Chaim Yosef. Rabbi Yosef’s education includes but is not limited to a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Illinois State University and a MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College as well as a Doctor of Practical Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute. He also graduated from Ulpan Alef (Hebrew language studies) Katsrin, Israel. Additional studies include The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an Orthodox Yeshivah in Tzfat Yisrael. His ministry spans four decades and he is currently the Rabbi of Kehilat Bet Avinu. He can be contacted at ravko@ix.netcom.com