Section 1: The Prophecy
Scripture: Numbers 24:17
“I see him, but not now; I perceive him, but not near. A star will come from Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel. He will smash the forehead of Moab and strike down all the Shethites.”
Three days in and I’m already a day behind, but I’m going to lean on grace and keep on going. Here Balaam delivers an oracle which predicts that the promised Messiah will come out of Jacob. I searched biblical commentaries on this verse in order to understand it better in context. “Moab and the Shethites” is in partial reference to prophecies that would be fulfilled in David’s time. They also symbolically represent the enemies of Christ and the Church. Today’s verse, like yesterday’s, causes me to reflect on just how long God’s people had to wait for the prophecies to be fulfilled, and just how strange a fulfillment Jesus must have been to them. He was a gentle teacher, trained as a carpenter until age 30, ministering to the outcasts as well as the Pharisees. Not one of their expectations about the grand ruler who would ride in and overthrow the government was met. It’s a good reminder during this holiday season to trust God with our unmet expectations. Whether we expected a loved one to be with us and they aren’t, or we find the season just isn’t turning out to be what we pictured in our head, we can take those to the Lord and trust that His plan is greater.