In Numbers 6:22–27 (NKJV), God outlines the formula for The Priestly Blessing:

22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;

25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.” ’

27 “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

The blessing was predicated not on man, but on the action of God Himself.  Therefore, man cannot ever think to bless in his own strength or ability, but only in the ability and strength of God Almighty. The Lord is the blesser!

The offering of the families of Israel were required once the tabernacle was complete and set up.  Each tribe offered the same offerings, as outlined below:

Numbers 7:37–41 (NKJV)

37 His offering was one silver platter, the weight of which was one hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering; 38 one gold pan of ten shekels, full of incense; 39 one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb in its first year, as a burnt offering; 40 one kid of the goats as a sin offering; 41 and as the sacrifice of peace offerings: two oxen, five rams, five male goats, and five male lambs in their first year.

These gifts have the significance of many of the offerings previously required of the Israelites.  The grain, a bull, a ram, a lamb, a kid of the goats, etc.  However, the flour offerings are to be offered on platters and in bowls of silver, which signifies the value of the house of God.  When we bring our offerings to the Lord, they should be the best we have to offer, and should be given in honor of our Lord, not any man or any woman.  When we realize Who the True Blesser is, we should give to Him in kind!

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