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March 7, 2017



Numbers 23:19


God is not a 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?





God does not change His ultimate purposes or go back on His solemn promises (“God is not a man that He should lie . . . will He not make it good?”). He does, however, respond to the words and actions of people by adjusting His plans. It is only from God’s larger purposes that He does not “repent”. The point is that God is not fickle. No one can induce Him to curse those whom He has chosen to bless.


It may be of interest to note that Pharaoh’s plans were stymied by the apparent deception of the Hebrew midwives and that in Balaam’s second oracle he states, ‘God is not a man that he should lie.


God is not a man that he should lie; Neither the son of man that he should repent: Hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? We too often forget that God is not like us. God is not human.


Memory Verse: Deuteronomy 4:24


“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.”

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