11th week 3rd day: No curse Only blessing

comingandgoing2We read from the following passage an incident between a prophet and a king, both aliens. God has revealed one message: No one can curse those God has blessed. God has thus advised the prophet. This is indeed Good News: No one can curse a Christian. Only blessing for those who believe in Jesus.

Note that Balaam was not an ordinary prophet. The Moab king described him, “I know that blessings fall on any people you bless, and curses fall on people you curse.” But he could not go against God’s will. His power was limited to doing God’s will.

Key verse: “But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!”” (Numbers 22:12)

The following Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible New Living Translation (NLT) (boldness added)

Numbers 22:1-19

Then the people of Israel traveled to the plains of Moab and camped east of the Jordan River, across from Jericho. Balak son of Zippor, the Moabite king, had seen everything the Israelites did to the Amorites. ..So Balak, king of Moab, sent messengers to call Balaam son of Beor, who was living in his native land…[i] His message said:

“Look, a vast horde of people has arrived from Egypt. They cover the face of the earth and are threatening me. Please come and curse these people for me because they are too powerful for me. Then perhaps I will be able to conquer them and drive them from the land. I know that blessings fall on any people you bless, and curses fall on people you curse.”

12 But God told Balaam, “Do not go with them. You are not to curse these people, for they have been blessed!”

13 The next morning Balaam got up and told Balak’s officials, “Go on home! The Lord will not let me go with you.” 14 So the Moabite officials returned to King Balak and reported, ..15 Then Balak tried again. This time he sent a larger number of even more distinguished officials… 16 They went to Balaam and delivered this message to him:17 I will pay you very well and do whatever you tell me. Just come and curse these people for me!”

18 But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God. 19 But stay here one more night, and I will see if the Lord has anything else to say to me.”

Galatians 3:12-14 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus has taken the curse by being hung on the cross for us. He has secured the blessing of Abraham for us who believe. 

12 This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”[a]

13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”[b] 14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised[c] Holy Spirit through faith.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:12 Lev 18:5.
  2. 3:13 Deut 21:23 (Greek version).
  3. 3:14 Some manuscripts read the blessing of the.

Today’s Bible reading: Psalms 39:1-6; Luke 1:26-56; Proverbs 11:9-11; Numbers 21:1-22:20