Today you should read: Numbers 23
Numbers 22-23 recounts one of the funniest stories in the Old Testament. We can imagine the scene where the king of Moab is calling in the big guns, Balaam. Balaam was a well-known non-Israelite prophet. We read yesterday how the Lord used Balaam’s donkey to speak to him. Not only that, he encountered an angel of the Lord who spoke to him.
When he arrives on scene, he warns Balak, “perhaps the Lord will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you.” Whereas in days past it seems that Balaam could influence the “fates,” his donkey set him straight. And not only did the Lord speak to Him once, but three times.
Check out the word Balaam received from the Lord, “19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 20 “Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.”
The overwhelming theme we see in this chapter and especially here is that what God blesses, no one or nothing can curse. God does not lie; He bears no falsehood and as such has no need to take back anything He says or does. If marriage has taught me anything, it’s that I sometimes say things that can’t be taken back, as much as I might want. God never misspeaks, and He never changes His mind. So, when He makes a promise to us who have received Christ, we can bet, it is assured
Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” That’s good news. In Christ, we are blessed. This is not #Blessed because my frappe was perfect. It’s a true, eternal blessing that says when I was broken and in the depths of sin, writhing in my imperfection, God demonstrated His love for me through sending His Son.
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate
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