21 – He Fell Flat on His Face

Fifty common expressions that originated from the Bible that influences our language today.

He Fell Flat on His Face – “Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face” (Numbers 22:31). This is the only time this expression in found in the Bible

This is a popular idiom for any individual, group or organization that does not live up to its expectations. It is used in business, politics and sports. In 2006, the American Soccer team was accused of “falling flat on its face” for not making the World Cup. More recently (2016), Aaron Woods, State of Origin’s try celebration “fell flat” when he mistimed his victory jump as recorded by Channel 9 (Go Blue). There have been numerous books written on the topic, about how to (and how not to) fall flat on your face.

Most of us, at some time or another, will fall flat on our face, so remember while you are down there, it’s a great time to talk to God (Genesis 17:3; Joshua 5:14; Luke 5:8; Acts 9:4; Revelation 1:17).

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