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3/12/19 Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 24-25, Luke 17
Numbers 24:1-7 (ESV) When Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, and he took up his discourse and said, “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is opened, the oracle of him who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered: How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel! Like palm groves that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the LORD has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters. Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters; his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
24:1-3a. Balaam, having understood by now the futility of sorcery against the people God had determined to bless, forsook his usual techniques and looked out over the host of Israel arranged in its prescribed tribal order. Then, invested with the Spirit of God… he uttered his third oracle. This coming of the Spirit no more proves that Balaam was a true prophet than the coming of the Spirit on Saul (see comments on 1 Sam. 10:6, and comments on 10-11) or the disciples (John 20:22) made them prophets of the Lord. There is a difference between the Spirit’s coming on individuals to empower them supernaturally and His coming into them to abide (see comments on John 7:39).
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
Luke 17:3-4 (NKJV) Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
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Not only are Jesus’ followers not to cause others to sin; they also are to counteract sin by forgiving others (17:3-4). One should rebuke a brother if he sins. If he repents, he is to be forgiven even if he sins and repents over and over. The words seven times in a day denote a completeness—as often as it happens.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.

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