Question: What do the six blessings of the Aaronic benediction (Numbers 6: 24-26) type?
Answer: Numbers 6: 24-26:
24: “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee.”
25: “The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.”
26: “The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
The six blessings in these verses refer to six good things that God bestowed upon His people in their three Gospel Age conditions, as these three conditions are pictured by Israel in its relation to the Tabernacle – the Camp, the Court, and the Sanctuary, two blessings for each condition. Hence, the threefold occurrence of the name Jehovah in these passages.
The first of these double benedictions applies to the Camp, which pictures the condition of the nominal people of God. These God by His Priesthood blessed with the offer of the first blessing, true repentance (“bless thee”), and the second blessing, keeping them from falling into impenitence (“keep thee”). The second of these double benedictions applies to the Court, which pictures the justified. These God by His Priesthood blessed with the offer of the third blessing, justifying faith and tentative justification unto Leviteship (“make his face shine upon thee”), and the fourth blessing, keeping such in the favors that the Levites have as theirs (“be gracious unto thee”). And the third of these double benedictions applies to the Sanctuary, which pictures the consecrated. These God by His Priesthood blessed with the offer of the fifth blessing, the High Calling through consecration and spirit begettal (“lift up his countenance upon thee”), and the sixth blessing, prosperity in the High Calling (“give thee peace”) unto making their calling and election sure.
We are no longer in the Gospel Age setting of the Tabernacle picture, but are currently in the Epiphany, or Transitional setting, in which the nominal people of God, the justified, and the consecrated are all in the antitypical Camp. We still do, however, continue to receive the above six blessings of God with slight modifications, for God still bestows upon His people: (1) true repentance, (2) keeps them from falling into impenitence, (3) justifying faith and tentative justification, (4) keeps such in the tentatively justified state, (5) the offer of consecration, and (6) prosperity in consecration unto making their calling and election sure.