So, I’ve come to a plan – I’m going to cease doing the little life updates with these blogs on the Bible Journey and just focus each post on the relevant chapter. It should make them shorter, and thus easier to read, as well as more direct and to the point.
I’ll probably still do blog entries, under the Blog category on the menu. Enjoy!
Balak still hasn’t got the point.
Here he is, once again taking Balaam to another location and asking him to curse the Israelites.
Something, though, seems to click in Balaam’s head this time. It would appear that even though he’s been blessing the Israelites in the previous two locations Balak took him, he hasn’t necessarily been totally acknowledging God.
Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert. When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him. ~ Numbers 24:1-2
As I read this, something clicked. It almost seems to suggest that Balaam was using sorcery to try and connect to God in the previous two attempts that he had made. This time, though, he just gives up. He’s realised that no matter how much power in the spiritual realm that he can muster, God is still more powerful.
Ultimately, it’s God.
It’s a well-used statement in “church” fellowships, especially in songs, that “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.”
This image here is, to me, a clear example of that. Balaam had access to the spiritual realm, and through that it would seem that God even connected to him and passed on at least the two messages for Balak that were spoken about in chapter 23. However ultimately, Balaam was forced to just give up what he thought was power in the face of God himself.
Ultimately, one day, every knee will bow down before God. One day, every tongue will confess that He is Lord. It doesn’t matter what a person’s purpose is, or what they might be trying to achieve. Every single one of us will one day stand before the Almighty King, and we will be under total compulsion to say that he is Lord. Not because we’re forced to, just because we will not be able to deny that truth.
The main question, then, is when we confess that He is Lord, will we be confessing it confidently, or fearfully?
All I have to say on me tonight – is that God is amazing. Wow.
Exodus 6 was the second chapter in a row that concluded with Moses questioning God.
God takes his encouragement for Moses a step further this time.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.” ~ Exodus 7:1
That’s a pretty big claim, to be ‘like God’, but as the messenger of the most high God, yes, Moses was like HE whom was in control of the whole situation.Pharaoh’s narrow-minded view saw only the man in front of him, and not the Almighty who was guiding Moses’ words and hands.
How true is it that without a revelation of the fullness of the Most High God, all that is seen is humans. Without that revelation of the wonder and glory of God Almighty, then to look at the church is to see a bunch of religious people with a crutch, finding some way to help them deal with life. With the realisation, though, of how amazing and great God is, that’s when our eyes are opened to the wonder and glory! That’s when we can come into a relationship with the Creator, the Almighty, the King, and our Dad.