Blessings and Prophecy
NUMBERS 23:19-20, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot change it.”
God tells Balaam to only speak the words God has given him. Numbers 23:8-10, “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced? From the rocky peaks I see them; from the heights I view them. I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations. Who can count the dust of Jacob or number even a fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my final end be like theirs!” This passage affirms God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 28:14, “Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.”
God can uses whoever and whatever He pleases to reinforce His purposes. Examples: Pharaoh, Rahab, Pontius Pilate. Balak wants Balaam to see the problem and so takes him to various vantage points to see the Israelites.
God cannot change His mind. He is totally trustworthy and will do what He has promised.
If one trusts in Jesus Christ, he/she is secure in God’s promises. Numbers 23:19-20, “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot change it.”
God’s word IS God’s word. He is good and faithful.
Revelation 22:6, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent His angel to show His servants the things that must soon take place.”
Numbers 23:21-24, “No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them. God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’ The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till it devours its prey and drinks the blood of its victims.”
Balaam speaks God’s promise. God is sovereign and He cannot be defeated.
To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him, ‘what doest Thou’?
Deuteronomy 23:5, “However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.” Israel is completely oblivious that God is working to protect them from Balak and Balaam. How many battles does God fight for me where I am totally unaware of it?
Numbers 24:5-7, “How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel! Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters. Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water.”
Doesn’t this sound like one of David’s psalms?
Numbers 24:9b, “May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”
Numbers 24:17, “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.” We see the promise of Jesus in this verse.
Because God is sovereign, He will fulfill His every promise.
Lord, please help me to bless You and others!