Can’t Go Against God

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Numbers 23-25; Mark 7:14-37

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10 Balak was angry with Balaam. He pounded his fists. Balak said to Balaam, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but now you’ve given a blessing these three times. 11 Now get out of here and go home. I told you I’d greatly honor you, but the Lord has denied you any honor.”

12 Balaam said to Balak, “Didn’t I tell your messengers, whom you sent to me, 13 ‘If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I wouldn’t be able to break the Lord’s command for good or ill by my own will. I’ll say whatever the Lord says’? 14 So now I’m going to my people. Let me advise you what this people will do to your people in the days to come” (Numbers 24:10-14, Common English Bible).

I told you yesterday the story of Balaam and his donkey was one of my favorite stories in Scripture. I find it really funny. And, also telling. We too often abuse those who are trying to help us most.

In today’s blog lesson things are pretty serious for old Balaam. Balak had been working hard to get Balaam to Moab. The King of Moab, Balak, wanted Balaam to place a curse on the Israelites who were advancing on Moab, the king feared that Israel would move in and overwhelm the Moabite army. Balak takes Balaam three different times to have him place a curse on Israel. Each time, Balaam warns Balak that he can only do that which God commands him. Balak keeps asking for a curse and Balaam ends up sending them a blessing. Of course, that is not at all what Balak wanted. He wanted help to push the Israelites back.

For his part, from the very beginning, Balaam has said it has to be God’s way. It is difficult to understand why Balak would become angry. What he was asking for, after all, was to go against the will of God. When Balaam couldn’t deliver the goods a different way.

Yes, especially after the third time Balaam has attended to get cursing action from Peter. That wasn’t what Balak had in mind. But, then again, Balak was not the guy at the wheel, God was.

For his part, Balak worked hard in an effort to defeat the Israelites. Just days before our last school shooting, more people bought guns. The public outcry for a common sense approach until it can be acted upon by Congress

God is here and God is love. God provides for us and there is nothing about more we should expect.

When we think of the Sacraments we say we feast on the body and blood of Christ, helping us to better navigate the world around us. It is Jesus’ presence with us that helps us to maintain.

When we come to the table we come to receive something that was so precious to God. It is God’s giving, even to people like you and me.

We also say that God is the primary actor in Baptism. Whether a baby or a full-grown adult with the ability to orchestrate all these things. We may stand in the water, I may read aloud the words. God does the baptism.

God is here. God is leading us. God is at work. God is in charge. Anything else will always fall short.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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