Parasha With Passion – Weekly Torah Reading Cycle – Week #40
Covenant Relationship / Covenant Blessings
This week in Parashat Balak, the children of Israel have set up camp on the plains of Moab. Being covenant people, God blessed the children of Israel. Israel was so blessed that they were feared by the nations. In fact, Israel even attracted the attention of the King Moab.
“And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched their tents in the plains of Moab on this side of the Jordan by Jericho. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field.”
Numbers 23:1-8, says that Balak, the king of Moab, was distressed because of the vast greatness of the children of Israel. Balak was so distressed that he sought Balaam, a rogue prophet, to curse Israel in order to remove them from the plains of Moab.
Yet, the children of Israel belonged to God. As Believers, we must remember, that no one can curse whom God has blessed. The children of Israel were in covenant relationship with God.
“The children of Israel were too great for their enemies because of the greatness of God. Israel was and still is untouchable because their God (our God) is untouchable. “
As covenant people, all Israel had to do was abide in relationship with God. As long as Israel was obedient, every battle was a victory. Every nation that came against Israel was made low. God protected Israel.
Throughout the Bible, the only times that God lifted His hand of protection from Israel is when Israel forsook their covenant relationship with Him.
Israel’s covenant relationship with God caused them to walk in great renown and the nations feared them. Therefore, every curse that Balaam spoke turned around for a blessing.
As sons and daughters of Abraham, we also share the same covenant relationship and covenant blessings. Abiding in covenant relationship with God does not automatically grant us immunity from the attacks of the enemy. We will have battles to fight. However, abiding in covenant relationship with God is the best stance we can take when dark forces rise against us.
In fact, throughout the Bible, some were anointed for war like Joshua, Sampson, and King David. King David could drop the foreskins of 200 Philistines at the feet of King Saul, write a Psalm about it, and never leave God’s presence. Abiding in covenant relationship guarantees that God is fighting on our behalf.
The Flesh – Our Worst Enemy
“And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.”
When Balaam was unsuccessful in cursing Israel, overtime Balak discovered that the source of Israel’s immunity was their covenant relationship with God. Balak sent the daughters of Moab into the camp of Israel. The daughters of Moab seduced the men of Israel into sexual immorality and idolatry – causing Israel to sin.
The daughters of Moab led the children of Israel into idolatry. Israel broke their covenant relationship with God and forfeited their covenant blessings. Therefore, a door was open to the enemy and Israel was scattered on the plains of Moab; just like Balak had hoped.
As Believers, the greatest assignment of the enemy against our lives today is to cause us to walk in the flesh. The enemy desires to distract our attention away from our relationship with God. The enemy desires to cause us to lose our position with God, just as he (Lucifer) lost his position with God.
Revelations 3:16, tells us “So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth!”
God has called His people to be “burning ones” for Him – on fire for God! Let us go forward this week, setting our face like flint on the awesome power of our God, His great love for us, and our sincere devotion towards Him.