Numbers 6:24-26 New International Version (NIV)
24 “‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
“God bless you.” How many times have you said it? How often has it been said to you?
In church you hear this familiar blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26. God gave the words for this blessing, sometimes called “the priestly blessing,” to Moses. It is the oldest blessing in the Bible.
What does it mean for the Lord to bless you? Webster’s defines the word bless as “to hallow or consencrate by religious rite or word.” To be blessed by God is to be granted His favor and protection. In Matthew 5, Jesus offers illustrations of those who are blessed. He tells the blessed ones, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad” (v12 NKJV). The result of God’s blessing is happiness. We find joy knowing that God loves and protects us.
Paul says in Ephesians 1:3 that we should react to God’s blessings with praise: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us… with every spiritual blessing” (NIrV).
How has the Lord blessed you today? Praise Him!
From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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