Numbers 22 – 24
Numbers Chapters 22 through 24 is the story about Balak the king of Moab and Balaam a prophet who was not an Israelite.
Balak saw the Israelites approaching the plains of Moab. Balak knew what the Israelites had done to the Amorites, which was slaughter them when Sihon the king of the Amorites would not allow the Israelites to peacefully pass through his land. Being aware of the power of the Israelites, Balak decides to enlist the help of Balaam. He sends his servants and princes to Balaam and asks Balaam to come to Moab and curse the Israelites.
God interceded and told Balaam not to go. Balaam told the elders of Moab to inform Balak that he would not do this. Continue reading
“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,
“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
Originally I thought these verses should be cut in half, with verses sixteen and seventeen being one post and then eighteen and nineteen being another. But after reviewing all four verses, I realized they are meant to be as one.
Jesus is addressing a crowd, after confirming to the disciples of John the Baptist that Jesus is the Messiah, the one sent by God. Continue reading
A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
I read this and thought how far we have moved away from this basic law, rule, guideline, whatever you choose to call it.
The purpose of this law in the ancient times of Israel is self-evident.
You can’t accept the accusations of one person against another. As humans we all, at some point have had an ax to grind with someone along the way. And malicious or not we all just blurt out stupid nonsensical things. Continue reading