Numbers 31, Psalm 75-76, Isaiah 23, 1 John 1

Numbers 31:8

Don't you find it amazing Balaam chose to stay with Midian knowing God blessed Israel, not Median?  After rereading what God said about Israel through Balaam in Numbers 23:7-10, 23:18-24, 24:3-9, I thought why would Balaam stay with Midian knowing what God promised to do to Israel's enemies.  But we already have the answer; he was more interested in the wealth Balak promised than the blessings of being with God's people.

That reminded me of Moses and the choice he made in Hebrews 11:24-27.  "By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.  By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible."

Psalm 76:10-12

The NLT interprets the passage as, "Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon.  Make vows to the LORD your God, and keep them.  Let everyone bring tribute to the Awesome One.  For he breaks the pride of princes, and the kings of the earth fear him." 

Doesn't that make you think of Balak and Balaam? Or Pharaoh?  All three heard and saw what God said and accomplished, yet willfully refused to bow before Him.

Isaiah 23:9

"The LORD of host has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth." 

This verse sums up the oracles of God spoken through Isaiah to the nations and cities beginning in Isaiah 13. 

It sums up not only Isaiah's articles but all the passages I wrote about today.  Romans 1:18-23 says the same thing, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things." 

LORD Almighty, we want to enhance Your glory, not through defiance but by our love for You, faith in You and hope of Your return.  Plainly, You are worthy of nothing less.  Examining the lives of those who reject You, convicts us of our pride and the desire for the benefits of this world.   May we know sharing the reproach of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is better than all this world offers.

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