May 5 2019

Numbers 6:22-26

“How to Bless the People ”.  A blessing was one way of asking for God’s divine favor to rest upon others.  The ancient blessing in these verses helps us understand what a blessing was supposed to do.  Its five parts conveyed hope that God would:  1.  Bless and protect; 2. Radiate with joy because of us; 3. Be gracious (merciful and compassionate) to us; 4. Show favor to us.  5. Give us peace.  When you ask God to bless others you are asking him to do these five things.  The blessing you offer will not only help the one receiving it; it will also demonstrate love, encourage others, and provide a model of caring to those who watch. 

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