NUM 23: 19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

This verse has been held up countless times by anti Christian opponents as proof that God cannot become a man.  Now as a Christian we believe in a triune being.  Father the son and the Holy Spirit.  God the son became a man born of a woman and took on human nature.    In which Jesus was both fully God and fully man.

Col 2: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily

Rom 1: 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

So the question arises does this verse in Numbers dispute the verses in the New Testament?

If we simply take the first line and do what Moslems and other try to do and quote


Now if the verse stopped there, then possibly there may be a slim glimmer of an argument.  But as you can see it does not.  Because the verse itself goes on to say:


Notice what the verse is actually saying and not what some have made it to say.  Such is the dishonesty of those whose hatred for the very idea that God can come down among man in love to seek and save the lost. 

 The context of which God is saying that he not like someone who lying.    Further more it also goes on to build on this by saying.  “NOR THE SON OF MAN THAT HE SHOULD REPENT”.  If God is perfect why should he ever need to repent of doing something wrong?  As God does not lie he has no need to repent unlike humans.  So we can see how dishonest people go out of their way to manipulate scripture to prove something which it does not.

If anything it gives a glimpse into the hearts of many who do injustice to Gods word.  Simply they have no love for the truth or the scriptures.  For had they done so they would have never have wrestled with it to say something it never did.

Now let us look at a prime example of a dear lady who seeks to argue this very point.  As you will see she distorts the verse to say what it does not say.  We shall call this dear lady Michelle. 

Michelle:     yeshke did not fullfill the prophesies of Messiah and no GD is not a man Numbers 23:19.

In response to this statement her further response was

Michelle:     what does it say? ?? GD IS NOT A MAN. …. thank you now stop trying to tell jews that your rotting corpse gd is the GD of israel! !!

As you can see her real problem is fundamentally a hatred for Jesus.  In reality this is what Jesus himself spoke about. Now this Jewess is not the only ones to argue using this verse in this manner.  Moslems have also tried to manipulate and wrestle scripture in said manner.

Michelle:     hows this: JEWS dont require NONJEWS to interprete JEWISH SCRIPTURE. for JEWS. …… And yes numbets 23:19 GD is not a man that He should be deceitful, nor son of man that he should relent……. HELLOOOOOOOOOOO GD IS NOT A MAN! !!!!

It seems even when she quotes the rest of the verse she is unable to grasp the contextualization of the verse.  Falls back on what all cults do.  You are incapable of having an opinion which contradicts mine.  Yet it is clear how angry she has become when it is simply pointed out that she is lying and being deceitful.

  • Michelle:     i posted the correct verse but your more than welcome to reject it and continue to worship your corpse deity……

As you can see she is quite unable to grasp the gravity of her mistake.  Such is her hatred that she has become blinded to the obvious.  Sadly she is not alone as many will no doubt in an attempt to dispute the truth of the incarnate son.  Yet even if we put that fact to one side for a moment,   Simple Basic English grammar is thrown to the wind .  The verse itself does not say “God is not a man (Stop)  But he is not a man that he should LIE” 

Michelle   i love HASHEM, i worship HASHEM. i dont worship a rotting corpse as GD. ive posted you verses where HASHEM is saying HES NOT A MAN, DOES NOT DECEIVE, NOR CHANGE, yet you wish to believe the opposite of GDS words about Himself. … thats your business leave US ALONE TO WORSHIP HASHEM THE GD OF ISRAEL.

Now we can see the real reason that she feels obliged to twist scripture.  Yet is she was truly a lover of God she would seek to earnestly quote such verses correctly and in context.  This dear lady makes it clear she does not and will not  do honour to the very words God has inspired.

It also shows that she worships her religion and not her God.

Rom 1: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen

The dear lady brought up another verse which is worth noting.

1 Sam 15: 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent..

Here again we have a similar verse stating almost the same words as we see in  NUM 23: 19.  As you can see the context is exactly the same.  “He is not a man….. that he should repent”  Only by cutting the verse short can you come to the conclusion this dear lady came to.  Yet the verse goes on to place the verse into context.  “a man that he should repent ”   The context of the whole verse is everything.

Michelle:    I’ve changed nothing GD says He’s not a man. so why are you worshipping a man? ??

Michelle:    I am not blind. as im not a xtian. and yiu cherry pick jewish verses and twist them to suit your false dead gd. BTW MORTALITY PROVES ONE IS NOT DEVINE. …..

Sadly this dear lady is either totally oblivious to her mistake or just chooses to lie.  I will let you choose which group she is in?

  1. Simple logic and few strategic verses deal with this issue. We can pursue several avenues here.

    First of all even before Numbers 23:19, in Genesis 18:1-2, Jehovah comes as a man and visits Abraham.

    From another direction, we could say at the time of Numbers 23:19, God indeed was only divinity, however eventually He was incarnated in the man Jesus, putting on humanity.

    As Jesus Christ is God (Exo 3:14; Jn. 8:24; Rom. 9:5), and Jesus Christ is a man (1 Tim. 4:5), then by elementary logic we can conclude that God is a man.

    In Ezekiel 1:26, Ezekiel sees God as a man sitting on the throne.

    The Jews are cursed with being in a veiled state anyway until Christ’s second coming (in the open), then they will have there moment, don’t worry (Zech. 12:10).

    We should not be in the business of merely trying to convince people in their minds. We must pray that God would give them a spirit of wisdom and revelation if they are regenerated already, which actually many Jews are not and never will be. To believe that God exists is not sufficient for salvation. Satan believes that God exists. We must receive the life of God, as the Spirit, into our human spirit, only in this way is a man regenerated.

    • Roger sims says:

      RS 3;14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the GOD be lifted up:
      RS 3:15 That whosoever believes in GOD should not perish, but have eternal life.
      RS 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten GOD, that whosoever believes in GOD should not perish, but have everlasting life.
      RS 3:17 For GOD sent not his GOD into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through GOD might be saved.
      RS3:18 He that believes on God is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten GOD. HSV
      The gaul of the King James translaters not translating the bible according to religious doctrine. They left out the Trinity,they said Jesus called himself the son of man. They said Jesus took on the seed of Abraham, They said Jesus was David’s son. They said Jesus died on the cross for man sins. They called him the LAMB OF GOD . They said He took away our sin and made us Kings and priests to GOD HIS FATHER . Didn’t they know He was GOD.

  2. holyghostman says:

    Today people are torn over this subject but just accept what the scripture says in John 1;1,2 and 14. Jesus was and is the Godman. He is 100% God and 100% man. All the great cults in the world Believe he was just a man and some even believe he was satans brother.They believe he left his deity in heaven. God says in John 3:16 that Jesus was his only begotten son. Jesus also said I and my father are one. This portrays the closeness to the father and his position in the trinity. Please read the first chapter of Heb. and this to affirms who Jesus is. When he came to earth he didnt take off his cape like clark kent in superman and then put it on when he arose from the grave. He is the same yesterday today and for ever. He is the Great I am. The First and the last. Alpha and omega.He defeated Satan and all his menons and today is interceeding for us on the right hand of God the Father on the Throne.

  3. yasser says:

    you are all frenzied lunatics. you are trying to twist logic into illogic. how can god be a man. plz look on Dr Ahmed deedat website and you will know that you are fools

    • holyghostman says:

      Remember one thing yesser where will you spend eternity? Mohommad and all of the false profits are deader than a doornail. Jesus is on the right hand of the father. There is only one way to god that is Jesus christ. That makes him not only man but the son of god. You may call us lunitics but unless you turn to Jesus you will one day find yourself before the great white throne of judgement and then instead of him being your intercesser he will be your judge!

  4. Ben says:

    But Jesus desires mercy (yesser)

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