Some more music to recommend today.
Just released (and available on itunes!) are two songs by Olly Knight (UCCF staff worker in Kent).
We sang them a bunch at Forum in September, and I loved them, so I’m overjoyed that they’re finally available on my iPhone.
Check out the video (chock-full of UCCF types being musical and rocking awesome headphones):
March 15th reading: Numbers 22-24
This is a wonderfully weird bit of the book (perhaps I’m not supposed to say that, but it’s too late. I have).
First – there’s a talking donkey. Which is weird, but if God can create the universe from nothing and raise Jesus from the dead, then obviously he can cause a donkey to speak. But then weirder still is that there’s no particular surprise from Balaam about the fact that his donkey is having a chat with him, he’s just annoyed to have been ‘made a fool of’.
The oddest of all is Balak’s attitude to Balaam’s announcements. Despite the fact that Balaam blesses Israel once, Balak takes him to get a different look at the camp, to try and encourage him to curse them, and then again for a third time, as if Balaam and God will change their minds if they get another view.
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
I have received a command to bless;
he has blessed, and I cannot change it. 23:19-20
Even after that pronouncement Balak tries for a third go, and then is upset when Balaam won’t do as he asks.
God is bigger than any threat or any promise of riches, and Balaam can’t speak against Him.
And a question: who’s the star in 24:17? Jesus? Crushing heads makes me think of Genesis 3, but that was the serpent, not Moab and Sheth. Thoughts Cassie (or anyone else)?
In summary: loving the new tunes.