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God Is Not a Man

August 30, 2015

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God  Is Not  a Man

To believe  —  and yet not believe  —  puts a person  in a tough bind,  especially when sinful man  is urged on  by his own  sinful desires  in this life.     That’s how it was  for King Balak,  king of Moab.     He fully realized  that the LORD God Almighty  had delivered the Israelites  from slavery  in Egypt  and was blessing them.     But,  King Balak wanted the LORD God Almighty  to put a curse  on the Israelites,  and stop blessing them  so he would be able  to defeat Israel  and drive them away  from his territory.

King Balak asked the prophet Balaam  to pray  to the LORD  with his request.     Balaam had King Balak set up seven altars and sacrifice a bull and ram  on each.     Then the prophet prayed.     This procedure took place twice  as God refused  to honor King Balak’s desires,  instead blessing Israel each time.     King Balak found this terribly frustrating.

After the second  time sacrifices  were made,  and Israel was blessed,  the prophet Balaam plainly said  in Numbers 23:19,

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 it?
Or has He spoken,  and will He not make it good?

God refused  to turn His promises  to Israel  into lies.     He would not  change His mind,  because God can be trusted  to keep  His promises.     People renege  on their promises  all the time  without an honest care.      But,  God has the power  to make  His promises sure  —  because  “God is not a man”  —  nor has He ever been  “a son  of man”.

The bottom line is  that God has promised  to forgive  all the sins  of everyone  who turns  to Jesus  in faith.     That repeated promise  will never  be changed.     We can trust  in the power  of Jesus’ forgiveness  to make us holy  and pure  in God’s eyes,  so that we may have eternal life.

Believing our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for your faithful promises.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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