have you been listening?
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2337
Num 23:27 And Balak said to Balaam, “Come now, I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there.”
Num 23:28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the desert.
Num 23:29 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”
Num 23:30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.
Num 24:1 When Balaam saw that it pleased Yahveh to bless Israel, he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness.
Num 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him,
Num 24:3 and he took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,
Num 24:4 the oracle of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered:
Num 24:5 How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel!
Num 24:6 Like palm groves that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that Yahveh has planted, like cedar trees beside the water.
Num 24:7 Water will flow from his buckets, and his seed will be in much water; his king will be higher than Agag, and his kingdom will be exalted.
Num 24:8 God brings him out of Egypt and is for him like the horns of the wild ox; he will eat up the nations, his adversaries, and will break their bones in pieces and pierce them through with his arrows.
Num 24:9 He crouched, he lay down like a lion and like a lioness; who will rouse him up? Blessed are those who bless you, and cursed are those who curse you.”
Num 24:10 And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. And Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and notice, you have blessed them these three times.
Num 24:11 Therefore now run away to your own place. I said, ‘I will certainly honor you,’ but Yahveh has held you back from honor.”
Num 24:12 And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me,
Num 24:13 ‘If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of Yahveh, to do either good or bad of my own will. What Yahveh speaks, that will I speak’?
Num 24:14 And now, notice, I am going to my people. Come, I will let you know what this people will do to your people in the latter days.”
have you been listening?
Why is Balak surprised at what Balaam said in his third oracle, and why is he angry at Balaam’s consistency? Balak thought that it was only a matter of being patient and pushing the right buttons, and he would finally get what he wanted. He never considered that God cannot be manipulated, and his will cannot be changed.
Have you been listening, reader? Do you know who the God of the Bible is? He is unchanging, and unchangeable. If he wants to do something, it is going to be done. Don’t fight him. Don’t try to wait him out. Surrender to his sovereignty.
LORD, thank you for your faithful love, and your powerful consistency.