The Blessing – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘Shalom’ with a message called ‘The Blessing’ from Numbers 6:22-27.

  1. God Himself is the initiator of the SHALOM we need
  2. God’s people perpetuate SHALOM
  3. God’s blessing comes from KNOWING HIM
  4. God’s blessing is GOOD NEWS for the world


ICEBREAKER:
If you could choose your dreams, what would you prefer to dream about?

1. In a world full of “false news”, misinformation, lies and deceit, how encouraged are you by the Bible’s claim that God has spoken to His people [Numbers 6:22]? Consider also Exodus 4:12-16; Matthew 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

2. According to Numbers 6:23, what difference does it make to you that God desires to see His people blessed [cf. 1 Kings 8:54-61; 1 Chronicles 23:13; and Acts 3:26]?

3. This priestly blessing of Numbers 6:24-26 was often used by the high priest after emerging from a sacrifice in the tabernacle [cf. Leviticus 9:22]. Why was a blessing so relevant following a sacrifice, and why does that matter to us today [cf. Hebrews 10:11-18; 1 John 2:1-2; and 1 John 4:7-12]?

4. This blessing is actually stronger than a wish or prayer. It is the certain word of God pronounced over His people. How does the assurance of God’s life-enriching blessing and the promise of His protection [Numbers 6:24] calm your anxieties today? Meditate also on Psalm 17:6-9; Psalm 28:6-9; and Psalm 121:1-8.

5. What do you think it means for someone’s face to shine on another [Numbers 6:25]? How does it make you feel knowing your gracious Heavenly Father looks with delight and favour on you, His beloved child [cf. Psalm 80:7, 19; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 2 Corinthians 4:5-6; and Revelation 22:4]?

6. God’s grace and peace are the two main emphases in this blessing. What impact is God’s grace and peace having on you during these days of pandemic, fear and isolation? Examine Romans 16:20; 2 Peter 1:2-4; and Revelation 1:4-7 for further encouragement.

“All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbours.” (John Calvin)