Numbers 23:19 - God Is Immutable; He Does Not Change.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man,
that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath
he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans.
He doesn't change his mind. When he says something, he does it.
When he makes a promise, he keeps it. Numbers 23:19 (GWT)
Balaam's prophecies (23:4-24:25)
Malachi 3:6 (KJV) For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye
sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day,
and for ever.
Luke 21:33 (KJV) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words
shall not pass away.
James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Romans 11:29 (KJV) For the gifts and calling of God are without
Titus 1:2 (KJV) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot
lie, promised before the world began;
These sublime words describe the immutability of the Lord and
the integrity of his word. [NIV SB]
It seems strange that Balaam did not sense that he was treating
Jehovah as if He were altogether a man, to be influenced to change His
mind. [SDA Commentary]
Balaam is a foil for God--constantly shifting, prevaricating,
equivocating, changing--a prime example of the distinction between God and
man. [NIV SB]
WHAT IS GOD TEACHING HERE? WHAT DOES IT TEACH ABOUT JESUS?
God knows all and thus has a perfect plan which we need to
follow and not question or try to alter. We need to accept and follow
God's ways and seek understanding when we don't understand them.
HOW TO LIVE IT
Trust and Obey
SOMETHING TO SHARE
Oh, the immutability of God! We have only to think of the many
friendships which were once so precious and wonder what happened; of the
trust we placed in another, only to be betrayed. Malachi 3:6 says, "I
the Lord do not change." Who He is in the Old Testament, He also is
in the New. What He did for Moses, He will do for you! While it is
true that our ways are not His ways, it is very comforting to know
that His ways remain firm. So few things in our lives are firm,
stable, or solid. Relationships come and go; jobs evolve or disappear;
wealth remains elusive or fleeting. Families fall apart or die
one-by-one. God, however, remains as He has always been - from eternity
past to eternity future. As believers, we should find great comfort
in this precious truth! When you find yourself in the next crisis
of transition, stabilize yourself with the great truth of God's
immutability! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]