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.
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.