Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Numbers
“God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19
This verse from Numbers is jam packed with great news about the character and nature of the Lord God. Funny thing – a lot of people – a lot of Christians – avoid the Old Testament because they don’t think it’s relevant. But the truth is, you will learn more about Who our Lord God is by reading the Old Testament than you might from the New Testament. Of course, since Jesus is God, then we learn even more about God’s personal character and nature, but there’s something about the things the prophets, and the writers of the Old Testament in general, say about the Lord that reveal the deep things of Who He is.
First, and this is obvious, but in today’s world it may NOT be as obvious: God is not human. The New Age pop philosophies of today, and many pseudo-christian, and sadly, some so-called Christian groups today have either deified man, or humanized God in the name of making God ‘relatable’! There isn’t anything more dangerous than that! The Lord God already made Himself relatable when He sent us His Son Jesus Christ, and once He spiritually transformed us by His grace, He couldn’t get any more relatable….I mean, the King of the universe lives within us.!
Knowing that the Lord is not human also reminds us that He is transcendent – far above, or actually, far different than us – but again, through the indwelling of Christ’s Spirit within us, and because our life is now Christ’s life – we (although not divine, and we will never be divine) we are partakers of the divine image (2 Peter 1:4).
Moses also reminds us that God is not human to emphasize that the Lord is forever faithful and loyal – He never will lie to us (as humans often do, either deliberately or accidentally). He is the ultimate Promise Keeper – He will keep every promise He has ever made to us (Deuteronomy 7:8-9; Romans 4:21; 2 Timothy 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 6:13-18, et al). He is a covenant keeping God. He can be counted on – completely! If God said it, then that settles it!
Moses also tells us here that the Lord does not change His mind. I don’t want to write in detail here, but some might say, “But the Lord ‘relented’ and was ‘sorry that He made man’”, so doesn’t that mean that the Lord ‘changed His mind’? No, you have to take those verses in context, and I’ll just say this much about that: If God changes His mind, then that means He was unsure of a decision; made a bad decision; wasn’t quite sure what to do; and ultimately, He isn’t confident in what He’s doing or planning. Now, we know that can’t be the case! If so, then God isn’t God, and we can’t have that! Moses’ point is that God is and will remain faithful to His people, and if He promised to take care of the Israelites – and the Church – then HE WILL DO SO.
Lastly see that Moses asks two rhetorical questions: Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? This reiterates what has already been said – God is faithful – God is loyal – God is omnipotent – God will accomplish all that He has planned (Job 42:2) – nothing will keep Him from fulfilling all that He has promised to His children. I will do my best to keep my word to you, but I will invariably let you down. It’s not because I don’t love you or care for you, but simply because I am a fallible human being. I’m sometimes forgetful; sometimes promise more than I can do; sometimes I just blow it. But our God always remembers – He can always handle what He promises – He will never fail, never let us down, never drop the ball, never leave His children hanging.
Are you trusting and counting on this Great Big God that loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross for you? I’m at peace with the God of the Universe – not because of my good works, nor any other reason other than the amazing grace of God that saved me. Thank you Lord!