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Numbers 22:21-23:30

A talking donkey, a mad false prophet who keeps sacrificing a lot of sheep and bulls ‘cause he’s trying to “get paid,” and revelations from God about His blessings and favor on Israel. This is a very fast moving read today.

The verse that speaks to me iis the 19th verse in chapter 23,
19 God is not a man, that he should lie.
He is not a human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

God is telling us that He can be trusted, that His Word is His bond. He doesn’t have to be manipulated, He doesn’t care how many bull and sheep you burn up His Word doesn’t change.

Luke 1:57-80

How do you explain to people God has named your baby? You are foregoing tradition in naming your male child a name that no other mail in your family has had. The child’s father cannot speak and his mother is an old woman. But when the father in writing confirms the child’s name, the man who was mute for nine months now can suddenly speak. Ya know that God is up to something.

This speaks to me about getting out of “the box.” This speaks to me about looking past traditions, the traditions of men, the traditions of cultural and ethnic groups and finding the will of God outside of the box.

Psalm 58:1-11
Imprecatory prayers written by David can be prayed when we think we are facing enemies. God can take any situation that seems to the observer, impossible and change it around making a way where there seem to be no way. David knew about this first hand because He escaped from his adversary, King Saul, many times.

Proverbs 11:12-13

These two verses immediately brought to my mind another passage in Proverbs 26 (Amp) I’m not sure why.

22 The words of a whisperer or slanderer are like dainty morsels or words of sport [to some, but to others are like deadly wounds]; and they go down into the innermost parts of the body [or of the victim's nature].

23 Burning lips [uttering insincere words of love] and a wicked heart are like an earthen vessel covered with the scum thrown off from molten silver [making it appear to be solid silver].

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Numbers 22

Balaam

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!
A lot of times we think the guy delivering the message is responsible for the news. We can easily blame him for the way he looks or what he does in his time off. Even though Balaam beats his poor donkey he speaks God’s truth. Sure he is a false prophet but God uses him. Good thing to remember in today’s world.

Bob Deffinbaugh says, “As we approach Numbers 22:36-24:25, we will attempt to focus on three things: (1) the stubborn persistence of Balak; (2) the progress of Balaam; and, (3) the oracles which God had spoken through Balaam. I would remind you that while Balaam is a false prophet, the words he speaks in our text are the words of God. Just as God can speak through a donkey, He can also speak through a man like Balaam. Indeed, one of the great prophecies of the Old Testament is to be found in our text!” He speaks of Jesus Christ in 24:17,

In reading the Balaam/Balak story it points to my own personal desires to curse someone. How many times have I felt the urge to ask God to curse someone? I haven’t yet but the desire is there. I think this opens up that conversation we have to have with God about our inner dark thoughts. This story is a lead up to the cursing psalms. We read a little of that in today’s Psalm 58. We want retribution but have to let God’s justice be tempered with Jesus love.

Proverbs 11:12-13

Wonderful way of thinking that can help us understand that it is God who decides justice in his time and it’s our responsibility to control our speech and temper.

I believe my last teaching job was my "talking donkey" blessing in disguise. I didn't seek it but had prayed for God to send me where I belonged. It was a small school. Had to move my children from one school to the other. A hard time but one of my best decisions ever.

Praise God

Blessings , deedee

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