Thought for the Week.10-23-16. Listening to God
First in a series of three studies on Numbers 23:8-10
“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
“And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?” (Numbers 23:8).
Balaam has just received an impossible request from Balak, king of the Moabites, who asks him to curse the Israelites. God has already instructed Balaam that he is to have nothing to do with Balak, but Balaam doesn’t follow God’s instruction—he associates with him anyway.
If Balaam had not disobeyed God, he wouldn’t have found himself in this situation where a wicked king is telling him to go against God. Here he gives the impossibility of fulfilling the request: he cannot pronounce a curse on people God has not cursed, no matter how much he wants to.
The prophet had to learn the hard way that a person cannot defy God and get away with it. Our world today is filled with people who are trying the same thing Balaam did: they know what God’s word says, but they have such a desire to please themselves that they do what feels good to them.
When these people learn the consequence of their decisions, it will be too late: they will have sealed their eternal destiny by going against God.