What Does Numbers 23:19 Mean?

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Numbers 23:19(NASB)

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God is unchangeable and unchanging. Unlike men who can do an about-face, alter their opinions, break their promises, modify their plans, and speak lies with the twisted tongue of the serpent, the Lord our God is immutable.

God is perfect in all His thoughts and trustworthy in all His ways, unlike men who often distort the facts, twist the truth, and are easily tossed about like waves on the sea, God's counsel is steadfast, His promises are sure, His Word is dependable, and His Truth lasts from one generation to another.

With God, there is no vacillation and no shadow of turning. The book of Numbers clearly states the unalterable truth: "God is not a man. He does not lie, and does not change his mind." The passage then continues with a series of rhetorical questions which demand NO as an answer: "Has He ever spoken and failed to act?" NO! "Has he ever promised and not carried it through?" NO! Malachi also addresses this issue by stating: "I am the Lord, and I change NOT."

If God has said it, He will certainly do it. God has set out His plan of the ages within the pages of Scripture, and God's purposes for those that trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour are steadfast and sure. We have the assurance of God Himself, that His Word is to be trusted, for God has placed His Word above His holy Name.

In Paul's letter to Titus we are informed: "God, cannot lie", while in Romans we read: "The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable." Hebrews states: "It is impossible for God to lie," while the Lord Jesus, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, stated in Luke: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."

Despite the disobedience of His chosen nation, we read in Psalms: "I have sworn by My holiness and I will not lie to my servant David." The Lord is true to His Word, His mercy is new every morning, and He is a faithful God Who will stand firm to the very end of time. God is NOT a man that He should lie, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the faithful and true Witness Whose Word stands fast for ever.

The Lord of truth will never go back on His Word, for He is the God Who does not change and Whose Word is worthy of all acceptance. There can be no shadow of change in His decrees, for God is merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness; and the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Praise God that despite the instabilities and uncertainties of this world, and in spite of the faults and failings of men, the Word of the Lord is sure, His decrees are unalterable, and all His promises are all 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ Jesus our Saviour.

Heaven and earth may pass away, but the Word of the Lord stands fast forever, for God is not a man that He should lie, nor is he the son of a man that He should change His mind. He is the Son of the unchangeable and unchanging God. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

My Prayer

I praise You, O Lord, for You are our trustworthy God and never-changing Saviour. Thank You for the truth of Scripture and for the assurance that Your Word will stand fast for ever. Thank You that You will never let me down, despite my own faults and failings. In the name of Jesus, I pray that I may become more and more like Him, as I submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit in my life. AMEN.

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