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Numbers 23.28-24.6 – Wanting to control God.
Posted: 30 January 2012 in Numbers

And Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward jeshimon. And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams. And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.

Further to the previous post, having been told that it was God’s will that Israel should be blessed, it might be asked why Balak nevertheless tried, no less than three times, to persuade Balaam to curse them. The answer, of course, is that Balak, wanted to bring God (along with Israel) under his control. Absurd though it may be to suppose that anybody can control God, Balak was probably far from alone in that, and we too are, in all likelihood, guilty of it more often than we would care to admit to. We would much prefer to be in control of our own lives and destinies, rather than having the sovereign Lord God reign over us. Unless, however, we want to justify the atheists’ taunt that we are out of touch with reality, we had better adjust ourselves to the reality that God does indeed reign over us, and that our destinies lie in his hands (not ours).

To follow Balak’s bad example, and attempt to frustrate God’s will, as that is revealed to us (whether through scripture reading or throgh prayer); that is not a very good idea.

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