August 8, 2020

Numbers 22:1-8–The second part of this section describes the steps that the king of Moab took in order to prevent the children of Israel from occupying their land.. The king sent messengers to Balaam saying “Behold there is a people come out from Egypt, behold they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me. Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people , for they are too mighty for me, peradventure I shall prevail, that we might smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land, for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.: (v 6).

There are two spiritual implications in this section. The mightiness and power of God in the life of the children of Israel could be seen by the whole earth. He says they cover the face of the earth. This means the signs and wonders God showed in Egypt was heard throughout the people of the earth. As they moved from Egypt and conquered all the lands they have conquered, the news of their conquest had spread throughout all regions of the earth. Isn’t God awesome. The plan of God for the whole world is for the people He created to know Him. he chose to work through Abraham and his descendants to draw the attention of all people to Him. People need to know that there is God who is in perfect control of the world He created/  Isaiah 44:24 says “I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone, that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself” He made Himself known through the mighty work He wrought in Israel, He can do the same in your life and mine today. Let us pray this prayer at this point, “Lord do something wonderful in my life that the whole world may know that You are my God, show forth your glory in my life as you have done through the children of Israel.”  This is a powerful prayer and I know that the LORD answers prayers, and He will answer us in Jesus Name, Amen.

The children of Israel are blessed through the covenant He had with their ancestor Abraham. The king now wanted Balaam who had the reputation of blessing or cursing people and it would be so, to come and curse the children of Israel. This is the chapter where we can again see the magnificence of God in all His creation. Balaam was endured with the gift of blessing or cursing. Balaam who was not a Jew but a Gentile was hearing God and communicating with Him. Can we not see that we are all a handiwork of God?. God can use any one to do His work. This man was being used by God even among his people that did not know God of Israel. Whoever He blessed was blessed and whenever he cursed anyone, that person would be cursed. In this generation, can we name a prophet that has similar anointing that one can look unto? This shows that God manifests Himself in different ways among different people. Therefore no one should boast of anything, because everything came from God. In His dealings with the children of Israel, He warned them many times not to maltreat foreigners among them, they should accommodate them as they would do to one another. God of Israel is God of the whole world. He decided to reveal Himself step by step. I pray that he will reveal Himself through you and me to the world in Jesus Name, Amen!!!  To be continued tomorrow!

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