Numbers 6:24-26 records the priestly blessing. This article shows that the priestly blessing functioned both as a declaration and a prayer. Through the blessing God declares His presence to His people. This article looks at the meaning of this blessing, how it was fulfilled in Christ, and the significance of its modern use at the end of the worship service.
May we bless one another and also bless God? Does this place the biblical blessing in the human sphere instead of leaving the blessing to God? What exactly is the content of God’s blessing? Who may pronounce the blessing and what does that mean? This article explores these issues by listening to God’s Word. The author shows how God blessed his people and how his people blessed one another in his name. Blessing is always based on God’s promises and cannot be a magic formula.
This article considers the conclusion to the covenantal worship service: the closing song and the benediction. It also discusses the place of the accompanist in the service, as well as the announcements, and finishes off with addressing the question whether there should be more participation of the members in the service.
This article explains the character of the blessing given to those who make a profession of faith. It discusses the scriptural background of the blessing, that it is the Lord's gift of his help, protection, love, and peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 records the blessing often given at the end of a worship service. Whose blessing is this? Who must pronounce it? This article looks at the place of this blessing in the Old Testament, the use of the blessing inside and outside a worship service, and the practice of the minister raising his hands for the blessing.