by Stephen Whitney

Blessing of Peace
Stephen Whitney
Numbers 6:24-26

At the beginning of the movie Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish people in the little Russian village of Anatevka ask their rabbi if there is a special blessing for the czar. The czar who ruled the country in the early 1900's was no friend of the Jewish people. The rabbi ponders for a moment, then breaks out into a huge grin as he replies, "A blessing for the czar (then with a short pause)
far away from us!"

It is said the word blessing is not a verb to describe what we to
do God; it is an adjective describing God as the source of all the blessings which he gives to us.

A blessing is viewed as a reminder of the power of God and as a demonstration of him using his power for our benefit. The Hebrew word blessing comes from the verb which means "to fall on one's knees." It is a reminder of our position in relationship to God.
Ps. 95:6 O come, let us kneel down before the Lord, our Maker.

The words bless, blessed and blessing occur over 500 hundred times throughout the Bible. "A blessing," says Warren Wiersbe,
"is any act of God that brings him glory by accomplishing His will and helping His people grow to do His will."

Throughout the Bible there are statements of blessing that we call "benedictions." A benediction is the act of pronouncing a blessing.
They are usually given at the end of a prayer or service which declares God's grace upon His people or declares the greatness
of God who we have come to praise and worship.

Priestly Command :23
The Lord told the priests what they were to say to bless the people.
The priest could not bless the people; he could only pronounce on them the blessing God desired to give His people. God's divine blessing was at the very heart of the nation of Israel.

When God called Abraham he said that he would bless him.
Gen. 12:2 I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you.
God did indeed bless Abraham as he became the ...

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