The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
The Dead Sea Scrolls were, until recently, our oldest copies of biblical text. But in 1979 archaeologists were excavating a burial cave site in Jerusalem’s Hinnom Valley, when they saw something resembling the metal cap of a pencil. It was a sensational find. A tiny silver scroll of great antiquity. Another was found nearby. These tiny scrolls dated back to the Hebrew monarchy 700BC. They are so small and fragile that it took several painstaking years to clean and open.
When scientists finally unrolled them, they found the world’s oldest copy of the text Numbers 6:24-26! Can you imagine their excitement? While the amulets date from the seventh century BC, the original words are far older. As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, the Lord commanded the priests to bless the people with this three part blessing.
So special is this blessing to our hearts, it has been set to music many times. I tend to prefer the melody and classical flare by Peter Christian Lutkin. Lutkin was born in Wisconsin in 1888, studied the music masters in Europe and devoted his life to church music.
And, in his “Notes from My Bible” D.L. Moody wrote about the priestly bless of Numbers 6 “Here is a benediction that can give all the time without being impoverished. Every heart may utter it, every letter may conclude with it, every day may begin with it, and every night may be sanctified by it. Here is blessing, keeping, shining, and the uplifting upon our poor life of all heaven’s glad morning. It is the Lord Himself who gives us this bar of music from heaven’s infinite anthem.
May you be blessed and be a blessing to others today. To listen to Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” click here: http://youtu.be/QB2FVlaPM-o