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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

“ GOD IS NOT A MAN” 

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:

“GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE.”

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?

John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven

Rev 3: 12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new nameThe path between the garden to the book of revelation has been a long one.   

In Genesis we see Adam walking with God in the cool of the day.  Fellowship would have been loving and pleasant.  Then came the fall, the hardship of expulsion from the garden and the loss of that sweet fellowship with God.

That separation did not just alienate us from God; it also brought alienation between each other. Almost everything we do is an expression of that alienation.  My space, my room, my time, my boundaries, my driveway, my garden and my fence,  my country , my home.

We have relationships only because we choose to bring down the walls, and let others come in and share our alienation.  The unity we have arises because we share a common interest.  People feel alienated because we have a society that’s ravaged by sinfulness.  The hand that slew his brother in Genesis did not for a minute consider the consequences of depriving himself of a loving brother. But of a jealousy that  drove Cain to steal  from Abel that which was the most precious  possession Abel had and that was his life.  In some twisted way I wonder if he thought he might be depriving God himself from one who offered up a better sacrifice than his own?

The approval of God might not have meant much to Cain, but it did to Abel.  But the division that existed between them was such that one had to go at the cost of a life.  It is the heart that brings separation and the mind finds ways to accomplish it.

Over the years God recreated intimacy with certain individuals but they were few and far.   Then under the Law we see the tabernacle,  a tent which was constructed according to Gods specifications.  although God was with his people there was still a separation.  The Holy of holies which was the very innermost sanctum of the tabernacle still speaks of the fact that he was with his people, but still separated from them.  Mankind was never created to stand at arms lengths.   It was always his plan to establish a fellowship with a people who would enjoy him and be with them.  The intimacy that he now calls us too we experience only in part, but in the fullness of time it will be glorious. 

The Bible says that there is no temple in the New Jerusalem because there will be no need for one.

In the past the temple as created by Moses and later by Solomon spoke of a continual presence but also a continual separation between God and man.  But the temple of the New Covenant no longer speaks of a separation but a unity between himself and us.  The temple of the old has man standing outside his presence.  For there had to be a sacrifice, blood had to be shed to atone and only the priests may do service in the Holy place, and only one man the High priest was even allowed to venture into the Holy of Holies.  A place so sacred they remained the fear that the priest could still be struck down.

Under the New we become the temple which God dwells and we dwell within him.  Now we can enter into the very Holy of Holies and minister to God personally.  We are welcomed as friends and family, a kingdom of holy priests who will enjoy the sunshine of Gods favour.

Rev 21: 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Rev 21: 22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

The temple of God is open for all to enter.  It is heartbreaking to see people enter everywhere else but into Gods holy of holies.  When the curtain of the temple was torn in two which signified that the way into the holy of holies was now open, the priests simply replaced the curtain and carried on.  The welcomed sign was put out and men carried on and ignored it.  They had got used to rituals, ceremonies, labour and endless repetitious sacrifices, they could not see that the light had dawned and a new day had risen.  The darkness had passed; God and man could now enjoy communion together. 

What is so heartbreaking is that so many cant see it. But still choose to keep God at arm’s length. Feeling their own shame and unworthiness they remain in the darkness.  The arms that is stretched out to embrace them is more gracious and loving than anyone could imagine, but he will only do it if you come out into the light.   He made the first steps in reconciling and calls upon us all to take the next step.  Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.  The Promise by one who holds the galaxies in place can be trusted.

For God has prepared for us a home, a place where the friendship remains forever. There will be no clouds of darkness to cloud that relationship.  Nor rain to spoil the day, nor darkness to hide his face from us.  The watchword will be holiness, purity, and righteousness.  

Rev 21: 5 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

In the olden days the gates of the city would be shut at night to keep out the rogue elements which would enter in and cause havoc among the peace abiding citizens.  But in this city No gate will be shut because there will be no fear of the sinful in entering, and spoiling that communion.  There will be no night to hide anything either spiritually or physically. The facts that all the gates are open illustrated the openness of that fellowship.  Peace of that city will be universal.  The light of that city is truly cosmopolitan.  It will never sleep and it will never slumber. Its radiance eternal.  Its fellowship all-inclusive

Whilst many have tried to picture such a city , they never quite depict the glory and majesty that this city will contain.  It will not be governed by any laws we now consider,  Its values will be eternal, its structures remain unspoiled by aging.  It’s as tall as they are wide and it is deep.  It will be complete in every area.  Spiritual as it is physical.  Some skyscrapers almost seem out-of-place in some cities but in that city its heights will not diminish it.   Its beauty radiating across the new world, because the King will be eternally in residence.  What once separated us will no longer exist, for truly we shall be one.