Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them,…
A friend of mine has some diamonds. He tells me that if he sets these diamonds out in the strong sunlight for a time, and then removes them into a dark room, they will shine brilliantly even amidst the darkness. But after a little while this brilliance becomes dim, and finally goes out altogether. The precious stones must be taken into the sunshine again if they are to be seen in the gloom. And is not this a parable of the life of Christians? God calls them His "jewels"; and if their Divine lustre is to be seen amidst the darkness of the world, they must often seek to look upon the face of the Sun of Righteousness. If they are careless about this their brightness will soon grow dim; but if they are faithful that brightness shall be constantly renewed.
Parallel VersesKJV: Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,