Saturday, November 19, 2011

See What God Has Done!

These three passages really resonated with my heart this morning. What a GREAT God we have!

The first passage is from the second oracle of Balaam, who was summoned by Balak, King of Moab, to curse the Israelites while they were in the desert because he was afraid of what the Israelites might do to them. Instead of cursing though, Balaam could only speak blessings over these people of God.

God is not man, that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel.
The LORD their God is with them, the shout of the king is among them.
God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.
There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, “See what God has done!
(Numbers 23:19-23)

The next two passages are from Moses’ exhortation to the Israelites to remember all that God had done for them as they prepared to enter the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering in the desert, as a result of their disbelief that God could conquer the mighty people in the land He had promised to them.

Has anything so great as this ever happened or has anything like it ever been heard of?
Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived?
Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation,
by testings,
by miraculous signs and wonders,
by war,
by a mighty hand and outstretched arm,
or by great and awesome deeds,
like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
You were shown these things so that you might know that the LORD is God;
besides him there is no other.
(Deuteronomy 32b-35)

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God.
The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth
to be his people,
his treasured possession.
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you
because you were more numerous than other peoples,
for you were the fewest of all peoples.
But it was because the LORD loved you
and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers
that he brought you out with a mighty hand
and redeemed you from the land of slavery,
from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God,
he is the faithful God,
keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations
of those who love him and keep his commands.
(Deuteronomy 7:6-9)

May it also be said of us today, who have been redeemed by His mighty hand,
See what God has done!

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