We often hear people say, “I am blessed.” Often, this is expressed in reference to prosperity, health, children, or peace. Indeed, our “blessings” come in diverse and unexpected shapes.
In the book of Numbers, Aaron and the priests were instructed to bless the people in this way:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
~ Numbers 6.24-26, ESV
Paul echoes this blessing as he opens his letters to various churches and individuals:
- “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Titus 1:4, Philemon 3)
- “Grace and Peace to You” (1 Thessalonians 1:2, 2 Thessalonians 1:2
- “Grace,mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (1…
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