August 18, 2020

Numbers 24:1-25-This chapter wraps up the ordeal of setting up altar and sacrificing to God so as to curse the children of Israel.  Balaam had finally realized that God would not change His mind, so he did not go with Balak “as at other times to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness” He then saw the children of Israel abiding in their tents according to their tribes, and the spirit of God came upon him. He then took up a parable and started to prophesy according to the vision God gave to him, that Israel would eat up all the nations (enemies) that surround them.

Of course the anger of Balak rose at this point, clapped his hands and asked him to flee to his place because he was brought to curse his enemies but he has blessed them three times. The honor cannot be given to him anymore for the mission was not carried out. Balaam continued to speak about what would befall his people in future and other surrounding nations, Edom, (Seir), Amalek, Kenites. Then he said “Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!” (v 23).

This is a great question. Who shall live when God finishes with all these enemies in order to give room to His people to dwell in. God has been fighting the battle for His children right from Egypt and many cities have been conquered and lands taken from them. Did the children of Israel really know how precious they were in the Hand of God? They were a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a holy nation, and even in this generation, that’s who they still are. The words of God are forever settled in heaven. Everything the LORD had spoken concerning them will come to pass. They are a blessed nation, but those that did not obey His commandments among them perished.

We that are not Jews have also been brought into the fold through our Lord Jesus Christ. We were bought with a price and we are all precious in His sight. Therefore every promise that are written in His word are for us who believe in Jesus Christ. Romans 4:19-25 “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness  Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us.also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

What have we learned from this episode of Balaam and Balak? For me, I have learned that I am in the same position that the children of Israel are because I believe in Jesus Christ. Therefore just like they are enjoying the blessings of Father Abraham, I also am enjoying the same blessings by Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ . We got to know who we are and also let the devil know that we know who we are. We have a Father who cannot fail us, if father Abraham could receive his promised blessings even at that age, our blessings can not elude us if we do not stagger through unbelief. My prayer is that we will all build more confidence in our God and not fear the devil but Fear God, so that we can enjoy all that He has for us here in Jesus Name, Amen. Shalom!

 

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