A Priestly Blessing by Renee Fisher

A Priestly Blessing
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

— Numbers 6:24-26

In Bible times, one could make a special vow of separation to the Lord. In particular, a Nazirite vow included abstinence from wine, fermented drinks, grapes, raisins, or anything that came from the grapevine and not eating anything unclean. Also, no razor was allowed to touch his head.

What does taking a Nazirite vow have to do with being blessed? Priests had direct access to God during this time, and taking this special vow put them in the same category.

Do you want to be blessed? Let’s look at the stories of two people mentioned in the Bible who took the Nazirite vow: Samson and Paul ( Judges 13:5-7; Acts 18:18). I believe Paul chose to take the vow to continue the blessing of the Holy Spirit in the midst of sin.

Different pastors and commentaries explain that living a godly life in the city of Corinth would be equiv ...

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