Numbers 23:19 (NRSV) reads:
“God is not a human being, that he should lie,
or a mortal, that he should change his mind.
Has he promised, and will he not do it?
Has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
This has been used as an argument against the Incarnation. I must be honest, I have never found this even a remotely credible argument, for the following three reasons:
- This passage was written hundreds of years before the Incarnation. It was thus true that, at that time, God was not a human being.
- Even when God the Son became incarnate, it is still true that the Son is not a man in his natural, eternal state a man. It is an acquired nature, not an inherent one.
- The point of the passage is not about the substance of God, whether he is a spirit or a man of flesh and blood. The point is that God is not like a sinful, deceitful human. And this is still true even after the Incarnation – Christ, even when he took on human nature, was not a liar.
This is why I have never found this argument convincing. But please do let me know your thoughts below 🙂