Friday: Psalm 103-104; Numbers 24.1-14; Hebrews 11.1-3

From: Evan Arndt

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." Hebrews 11.3

“ ...the prophecy of one whose eye sees clearly, the prophecy of one who hears the words of God,” Numbers 24.3-4

I was struck by just how visual the readings for today were. Most the time when I think of prophecy, I think of things that sound more like Psalm 104: “He wraps himself in light as a garment, he stretches out the heavens as tent.” But when Balak demands prophecy from Balaam, he gets something very different. Balaam describes what he sees, as plain as the donkey he rode in on: The people of Israel are the Lord’s; Doesn’t that make them beautiful? Doesn’t that make them mighty? Look at their tents!

The expression of God’s goodness here is not something that requires divination to understand. Balaam just looks over the same valley that Balak has and tells him what he already knows, what he already sees. The visual expression of God’s invisible majesty is sufficient if we humble ourselves to see it. 

On his way to meet Balak, the Lord sent his angel to Balaam’s donkey three times before opening Balaam’s own eyes. My prayer is that my eyes might also see clearly and recognize the divine that exists within the mundane. 

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