The Torah portion read this week in the synagogues around the world is "Balaam", the story of a false prophet who, despite his opposition to God, was unable to curse the children of Israel. And the words of Balaam's blessings continue to be used weekly in the prayers of the Jewish people today.
And God came to Balaam at night and said to him,Numbers 22:20
If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you-that you shall do.
Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam,Numbers 22:35
Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak.
And Balaam said to Balak,Numbers 22:38
Look, I have come to you! Now, have I any power at all to say anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I must speak.
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced? For from the top of the rocks I see him, And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone, Not reckoning itself among the nations.Numbers 23:8-9
Lord, thank You that You are serious about all the words You speak.
Sanctify us by Your truth. Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
You are faithful to fulfil every word You have spoken.
Your word does not return to You void. (Isaiah 55:11)
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.…
At Intercessors for Israel's 2013 International Prayer Conference in Jerusalem, I shared a message called "The Judgments of God" - with an emphasis on His judgments on nations today. God has used Israel in the Old Testament as an example of how He deals with national sin, especially when a nation based upon His laws rebels against Him. However, the Bible plainly states that Israel's miraculous end time restoration brings into play another factor: in the last days God judges nations according to their leaders' attitudes and actions regarding His promise to restore Israel. God has staked His reputation, His Name, on this. His whole redemptive plan now focuses on Israel being in the land that He promised to them.Read more...