Daily D – Numbers 6:24-26
“ ‘ “The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” ’
“Now receive the blessing.” My friend then raised his hands and spoke these words over our gathering. As a lifelong Baptist, this took me by surprise. Knowing my friend is also a lifelong Baptist made this an unexpected experience.
I was well familiar with words like Invocation and Benediction. But speaking blessings like priests? I had zero experience of that kind of thing in a Baptist setting.
Having a couple of diplomas from a theological seminary of renown, I should have something of a philosophy about blessings of this sort. Until recently, I have not.
Consider what God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:3:
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.
And again in 22:17 and 18:
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Ponder Psalm 67:1 and 2:
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us—
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
Here are three important biblical texts declaring God’s blessing on “all peoples” and “all nations.” These are not the only ones to do so.
The Priesthood of All Believers is an important idea for Christians. We are priests for ourselves, our families, and one another. Listen to these words from the Apostle Peter:
that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We, like Abraham, like Aaron, like David, and like Peter have been blessed to bless. We who have experienced God’s goodness are to help others experience God’s goodness. We are to bless them. We bless them with our words and we bless them with our service.
There is so much more to say about this idea. However, a good practical step for today is to memorize this blessing from Numbers 6:24-26. Meditate upon it day by day. Notice how each line begins with the covenant name of God, the LORD. Notice how each stanza builds upon the others to a crescendo with the word Peace.
Think of all the ways Jesus demonstrated this blessing in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Ask God to bless you so that you are a blessing to everyone you meet today. And someday soon, in a small group of people you love, go ahead and pronounce this blessing with your hands held high and your eyes wide open. Declare God’s blessing as you have been blessed.
I will bless others as I have been blessed.
Our Father, there is so much here I do not yet understand. What I do know is, like Abraham, I am abundantly blessed by your goodness, your mercy, and your grace. Make me a blessing to everyone I meet today. Amen.
Check out this YouTube video of churches in England singing The Blessing over their nation. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U]
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”