Feb 24: Psalm 55; Numbers 22-24

Song for today: One Thing Remains and How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

Today’s country: Italian Republic

Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
from Psalm 55

Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel. ••• he sent messengers to Balaam ••• please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. ••• for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.”
•••
God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”
•••
God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him.
•••
the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face. And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me. The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live.”
•••
Then the Angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak.”
from Numbers 22

the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.
And he took up his oracle and said: •••
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
•••
Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!”
So he answered and said, “Must I not take heed to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth?”
•••
God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
from Numbers 23

when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him.
Then he took up his oracle and said: ••• Blessed is he who blesses you,
And cursed is he who curses you.”
•••
Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times! Now therefore, flee to your place. I said I would greatly honor you, but in fact, the Lord has kept you back from honor.”
•••
Come, I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days.” •••
from Numbers 24

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