Numbers Chapter 23
13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.
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Balak's sacrifice, Balaam pronounces a blessing instead of a curse. (1-10) Balak's disappointment, and second sacrifice, Balaam again blesses Israel. (11-30)1-10 With the camps of Israel full in view, Balaam ordered seven altars to be built, and a bullock and a ram to be offered on each. Oh the sottishness of superstition, to imagine that God will be at man's beck! The curse is turned into a blessing, by the overruling power of God, in love to Israel. God designed to serve his own glory by Balaam, and therefore met him. If God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, who would have defied God and Israel, surely he will not be wanting to those who desire to glorify God, and to edify his people; it shall be given what they should speak. He who opened the mouth of the ass, caused the mouth of this wicked man to speak words as contrary to the desire of his heart, as those of the ass were to the powers of the brute. The miracle was as great in the one case as in the other. Balaam pronounces Israel safe. He owns he could do no more than God suffered him to do. He pronounces them happy in their distinction from the rest of the nations. Happy in their numbers, which made them both honourable and formidable. Happy in their last end. Death is the end of all men; even the righteous must die, and it is good for us to think of this with regard to ourselves, as Balaam does here, speaking of his own death. He pronounces the righteous truly blessed, not only while they live, but when they die; which makes their death even more desirable than life itself. But there are many who desire to die the death of the righteous, but do not endeavour to live the life of the righteous; gladly would they have an end like theirs, but not a way like theirs. They would be saints in heaven, but not saints on earth. This saying of Balaam's is only a wish, not a prayer; it is a vain wish, being only a wish for the end, without any care for the means. Many seek to quiet their consciences with the promise of future amendment, or take up with some false hope, while they neglect the only way of salvation, by which a sinner can be righteous before God.
11-30 Balak was angry with Balaam. Thus a confession of God's overruling power is extorted from a wicked prophet, to the confusion of a wicked prince. A second time the curse is turned into a blessing; and this blessing is both larger and stronger than the former. Men change their minds, and break their words; but God never changes his mind, and therefore never recalls his promise. And when in Scripture he is said to repent, it does not mean any change of his mind; but only a change of his way. There was sin in Jacob, and God saw it; but there was not such as might provoke him to give them up to ruin. If the Lord sees that we trust in his mercy, and accept of his salvation; that we indulge no secret lust, and continue not in rebellion, but endeavour to serve and glorify him; we may be sure that he looks upon us as accepted in Christ, that our sins are all pardoned. Oh the wonders of providence and grace, the wonders of redeeming love, of pardoning mercy, of the new-creating Spirit! Balak had no hope of ruining Israel, and Balaam showed that he had more reason to fear being ruined by them. Since Balaam cannot say what he would have him, Balak wished him to say nothing. But though there are many devices in man's heart, God's counsels shall stand. Yet they resolve to make another attempt, though they had no promise on which to build their hopes. Let us, who have a promise that the vision at the end shall speak and not lie, continue earnest in prayer, #Lu 18:1|.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Yehweh's Numbers Chapter 23 comment on 3/26/2015, 11:51am...
Numbers verse 19 "god is not a man god is not son of man " clearly states no god other then the ol mighty creator of the universe
Victor sweet's Numbers Chapter 23 comment about verse 20 on 3/22/2015, 12:47pm...
The commandment to blessed stated in books of number 6: 23-26, God command Aaron to bless the children of Israel, God want he children to be blessed ,isa 44:26 God him self conform the word of his servant, he also delight in prosperity of his children. This commandment is from heaven that children of God must be blessed. He declared in book of Genesis 1:28, Genesis 9:7. We must learn to pronounce blessings upon our children, business, carriage, every thing we possessed. The word of our mouth are so powerful, Job 22:28, when we decree a thing, it will surely come to pass. We are command to bless all ways and not to curse, let us lean on how speak healing word, breakthroughs word, word of restoration, word of encouragement to family members, neighbors, friends etc, jer 5:14, when you speak the word of God this word become power and fire and work wonder. We must continue to bless and God will continue to confirm it. The blessed in Gen 24:60... our month must be a source of life and death.... the spirit of blessings most possessed our lips.
Evangelist Maphuri Katlego's Numbers Chapter 23 comment about verse 23 on 2/21/2015, 1:24am...
Whatever that God declare,it will just come to pass,,, 'why ',because HE is God of authority!!!
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