Numbers 24

Numbers 24 has Balaam telling Balak what is going to happen after the third request to try and get him to curse God’s people.  “When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness”.  Balaam sought God and was up high overlooking the valley.  There he saw Israel camping tribe by tribe.  “And the Spirit of God came upon him” and he spoke of what God showed him in his vision.  It isn’t what Balak wanted to hear.

Balaam begins by describing the beauty of God’s people and their situation.  Then he says “God brings him out of Egypt and is for him….he shall eat up the nations, his adversaries, and shall break their bones in pieces and pierce them through with his arrows”.  Oops, that isn’t what Balak wants to hear at all.  “Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam” and he claps his hands together to wake him up from his vision.  Balak had a desired outcome.  “I called you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have blessed them these three times”.

Things could have gone a couple ways here.  Balaam could have cowered in fear and done something stupid.  But he stands right up to Balak knowing full well he was in the wrath of the king.  He reminds Balak exactly what he had told the guys that were sent to bring him.  “If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own will. What the Lord speaks, that will I speak”.  Balaam wasn’t going to be bought, and he sticks to those guns at least.

It would have been easy for Balaam to cave and give in to Balak’s demands.  He knew exactly what Balak wanted.  And while he seemed to skate along the edge for a good portion of the time they were together, he doesn’t give in to the king’s demands.  This time he really gets connected with God and sees clearly what God’s plan is.  And he faithfully delivered that message.  But he went further and tells Balak what will come in the future not only with his kingdom, but with all the kingdoms that will stand in Israel’s way.  They will dispose of them.  God will help them be victorious on their journey.  What God has planned, man will not interrupt.  Balaam tells it straight and then went back to his place.

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