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Bless The People

Bless The People

19 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Numbers 5-6; Psalm 22; Acts 26

Scripture:

22 God spoke to Moses: 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the People of Israel. Say to them, 24 God bless you and keep you, 25 God smile on you and gift you, 26 God look you full in the face and make you prosper. 27 In so doing, they will place my name on the People of Israel—I will confirm it by blessing them.” (Numbers 6:22-27 MSG)

The role of a priest is to represent God to the people and to represent the people to God. Aaron and his sons were to represent God’s gracious goodness to the people by blessing them in God’s name. When God’s representative the priest spoke these words to the people a spiritual transaction took place. The priest spoke blessing and God confirmed the words with reality in their life experience.

Prayer:

Father, I want to accurately represent your heart to your people. I want to speak the words that originate in your heart to your people. Help me to check with you before I speak and weigh my words carefully in the light of your love for your people. I ask that my words be words that you can make into a blessing for someone. Amen.

Blessing:

To all who read this devotional, I speak this blessing: May God bless you and keep you, May God smile on you and gift you, May God look you full in the face and make you prosper. In Jesus’ Name.

• May God bless you and keep you – Provide for and protect you.
• May God smile on you and gift you – Show his love and approval and give you his love-gifts.
• May God look you full in the face and make you prosper – Personal relationship and God-initiated health, wealth, and prosperity.

I encourage you to take a few moments and prayerfully think through the words of this blessing and how they apply to your life and situation. As God’s Spirit stirs faith in your heart, affirm to him that you receive these blessings and thank him for his love and grace.

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