Daily D – Numbers 6:24-26
Numbers 6:24-26 “‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’” (NLT)
Psalm 67:1, 2 May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. (NLT)
When God blessed Abraham and told him how he would bless the whole world through him (Genesis 12:1-3), he set a pattern and an expectation for how he relates to all people everywhere. God is much more interested in blessing people than cursing them. His first move is always marked by love and grace. His kindness is extravagant. His mercy is greater than all our sin.
A new day and a new workweek have arrived. Our Father in heaven meets us here and provides all we need for our moments and our days.
These are the words God gave Aaron and the priests to pronounce over the people. Notice how these three sentences of blessing begin with the name God gave Moses at the burning bush. See how the blessing uses God’s covenant name followed by two verbs that extend the blessing.
May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.
The LORD blesses us and protects us.
The LORD smiles on us and is gracious to us.
The LORD shows us his favor and gives us his peace.
A local comedy group provides training for business leaders. Their signature move is to teach people how to say “Yes and” rather than “Yes but.” You can find this kind of thinking in books and YouTube videos. It’s good to remember whose idea it was long, long ago.
God is a Yes And God.
Psalm 67:1, 2 helps us understand how this blessing is not just for us. Like Abraham, we are blessed to bless others. The blessing we receive from God is not to be hoarded but to be shared. God never runs out of blessings. We should never be stingy.
You are blessed here on this Monday morning. Go be a blessing. Stand under God’s overflowing generosity and refresh others as you go.
It might be good to commit these words to memory. You may need to remember them sometime soon. You may need to speak them to others.
I will extend God’s blessing to those he brings into my life.
Our Father, we are among the most blessed people who have ever lived. Make us blessings to others. As you have so richly, extravagantly blessed us in every way, extend your blessing through us to those who need your grace, love, mercy, and kindness. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.