Bible study 123 – Numbers 6Posted: February 3, 2017
This chapter describes how to become a kind of a temporary Jewish monk, a nazirite. You need to abstain from wine, grape juice, raisins, haircuts and corpses for the duration of your nazirite existence. Then, when you want to stop being a nazirite, you sacrifice some animals at the tabernacle and finally cut your hair.
At the end of the chapter is suddenly inserted a completely unrelated poem: the Priestly Blessing. I’m not exactly sure where I’ve heard this, but it’s definitely incredibly famous; I think they read it at the end of church services. This is a little strange, because in the Bible it is explicitly, unequivocally directed at the Israelis, and no one else.
Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,
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.
So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.