“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.” Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)
“Gregory (The Great) became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. At the time, sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague. The blessing (‘God bless you!’) became a common effort to halt the disease.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bless_you)
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26 NLT)
Why does he do this?
“This is how Aaron and his sons will designate the Israelites as my people (Hebrew: will put my name on the people of Israel), and I myself will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27 NLT)
God wanted to put his name on his people. He wanted to let them all know they are His Beloved and they can believe, without a doubt, that he will take care of them. What an amazing model of love and encouragement. This blessing continues in my life, today. He blesses me (His child through Jesus’ sacrifice) with the hope that God will:
(1) bless and protect me