No Iniquity in Jacob

Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.  He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and a shout of a king is among them.

Numbers 23:20-21

As I have been reading through the book of Numbers, I have noticed many, many times that the Israelites disobeyed God.  I have noticed that they have been a faithless, complaining, murmuring, and rebellious group of ungrateful people.  When I first read this verse, I thought that it couldn’t be true.  Just two chapters earlier,  they complained so much that the Lord sent fiery serpents to punish them.  Time and time again they failed the Lord.  Time and time again they disobeyed.  Time and time again, they complained.  Yet this verse clearly says “He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel.”.  How could it be? 

Like the beautiful picture this passage provides, we as God’s children often fail Him.  He blesses us and we complain.  He tries to help us and we rebel and disobey.  Time and time again, we sin against Him and disappoint Him.  And yet when He looks at us, He does not see our sin, He sees only the pure, unspotted, beautiful sacrifice of His Holy, sinless Son Jesus.  

No matter how often the Israelites strayed and didn’t do what they were supposed to do, they were still the Lord’s people.  Balaam found this out when he tried to curse Israel and God would not allow it.  Like the Israelites, we have no righteousness on our own.  But also like the Israelites, and thanks to the complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can also say that “he hath not beheld iniquity in us”.

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