December 3: God’s unique Relationship with Israel

Balaak was king of the Moabites (today the western/central part of Jordan). The Moabites had seen Israel’s power and strength and were very afraid.  So Balaack sent for the prophet Balaam to curse Israel.  Balaam wanted the money Balaak offered but said he could only speak God’s word.  So in the end Balaam could only prophesy good over Israel.

Numbers 23:19-24

God is not a man, that He should lie, 
nor a son of man, that He should repent. 
Has He said, and will He not do? 
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Behold, I have received a command to bless; 
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

 He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, 
nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. 
The Lord his God is with him, 
and the shout of a King is among them.

God brings them out of Egypt; 
He has strength like a wild ox.

 For there is no sorcery against Jacob, 
nor any divination against Israel. 
It now must be said of Jacob
 and of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’

Look, a people rises like a lioness, 
and lifts itself up like a lion; 
it shall not lie down until it devours the prey, 
and drinks the blood of the slain.

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND FOR GOD TO SILENCE THOSE WHO CURSE ISRAEL.

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