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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Balak 40-5


Numbers 23:13-26

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.

Num. 23:19a NIV

Can God be a man or a son of man?

This is one of the clearest texts that assert the absolute truth about the Eternal, the Almighty, not being a man or a son of man.

Here are three more witnesses in the Scriptures that confirm the same: In 1 Samuel 15:29 it's written: "He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind." (NIV) In Job 9:32 it's written: “He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.” (NIV) In Hosea 11:9 it's written: “I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man — the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.” (NIV)

The Scriptures can't lie or fail and the Eternal can't contradict Himself or change His mind. The belief that God made Himself a man is caused by confusion and not understanding that the Hebrew term elohimאלהים – is not only used for the Eternal but also for His messengers, men and angels.

Studying the Scriptures from translations has raised many confusions and misunderstandings. One of the most severe ones is to believe that the Eternal has come in the flesh, has died and resurrected.

The Torah asserts time after time that the Almighty is not a man, therefore, He can't be born, die, or resurrect. To think this of the Eternal is to have a very limited concept of the Most High.

The fact that He can reveal Himself through a man is something else. We are not dealing with that now, only with the fact that He is not, nor can be, nor can become a man or a son of man, nor be the Son of Man.



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