5. Balaam blesses Israel in Numbers 23-24—
- Numbers 23:7-10 ~ Balak got me to come here to curse Israel. How can I curse a people who are obviously blessed by God?
- Numbers 23:18-24 ~ God doesn’t lie, and He doesn’t change His mind. He always keeps His promises. God commanded me to bless them. I can’t reverse it. God lives with them. He delivered them from Egypt. Soon people will say, “Look what God has done.” The people will rise up like a lion and devour their prey.
- Numbers 24:3-9 ~ I see the stunning beauty of this strong community. They and their children live in a lush, fertile place. Their God supplies all of their needs. Their king is more powerful than any we know. God delivered them out of Egypt, and He will continue to crush and devour their enemies.
- Numbers 24:15-19 ~ I see in the distant future Moab, Sheth [Moab’s sons of tumult]*, Edom, [Mount]* Seir, and the survivors of Ir will be conquered and ruled by a star/scepter from Jacob.
- Numbers 24:20-24 ~ Balaam then prophecies to the other nations—
- Amalekites—You were foremost among your neighboring nations, but your end is destruction.
- Kenites—Kain will be burned up when Asshur (Assyria) takes you away as captives.
- Assyria and Eber [the Hebrews, certain Arabs, and descendants of Nahor]*—Ships will come from Kittim [Cyprus and the greater part of the Mediterranean’s east coast]*and afflict Assyria and Eber [the Hebrews, certain Arabs, and descendants of Nahor], and he [the victor] also shall come to destruction.* (Verse 24)
Footnotes in the Amplified Bible in reference to the oracles of Balaam—
Numbers 23:9 The literal fulfillment of this prophecy has been obvious during the more than thirty-four centuries since it was spoken. The Jews have always been separate as a nation from other peoples. Though conquered many times, they have never been absorbed by their conquerors or lost their identity. The prophecy had to become true, for “the Lord put [it]… in Balaam’s mouth” (Num. 23:5).
Numbers 24:7 “Agag” was the title of the Amalekite kings, and it represents here the kingdom of the Gentiles. The Amalekites at that time were the most powerful of all the desert tribes (Num. 24:20).
Numbers 24:17 “This imagery in the hieroglyphic language of the East denotes some eminent ruler—primarily David, but secondarily and preeminently the Messiah” (Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausett and David Brown, A Commentary). Notice that the principal time for these events is set in the prophecy for “the latter days” (Num. 24:14). “The prophecy [concerning Moab] was partially, or typically, fulfilled in the time of David (II Sam. 8:2). Moab and Edom represented symbolically the enemies of Christ and His church, and as such will eventually be subdued by the King of kings (see Ps. 60:8)” (Charles J. Ellicott, A Bible Commentary). “The star which the wise men from the East saw, and which led them in the way to the newborn ‘King of the Jews,’ refers clearly to the prophecy of Balaam (Matt. 2:1, 2)” (J.P. Lange, A Commentary).
Numbers 24:20 After the time of David (who was forced to rescue two of his wives from Amalekite bandits, I Sam. 30:18), the Amalekites are mentioned again only in Hezekiah’s time (I Chron. 4:43), before “they disappear from the field of history… So that the word of God here also stood fast; and the first of the surrounding tribes who impiously sought to measure their strength with the cause and people of God were likewise the first to lose their national existence” (Patrick Fairbairn, ed., The Imperial Bible-dictionary).
What amazing prophecies from the mouth of a non-Israelite prophet. Don’t they sound like the woes in the book of Revelation?
6. a. Balak took Balaam to another vantage point so he wouldn’t see the entire encampment.
He hoped Balaam would curse at least some of them.
b. Proverbs 15:22 and Proverbs 11:14 and Proverbs 24:6 say a multitude of counselors is a good idea.
I’m such an introvert, it’s rare for me to take a problem to another person (other than my husband). Much less more than one. My husband is wise, but I often hoped to hear something different than what he said. Deep down, I usually know he’s right. If I think he’s wrong, I still feel constrained by his advice.
When I find his opinion biased or ill-advised, I pray God will intervene, if necessary. Of course, I hope the Lord agrees it’s necessary.
That doesn’t mean I don’t inwardly or outwardly grumble. I’m working on that.
Admittedly, there are times I don’t ask him because I know what he will say.
Sometimes I don’t follow my husband’s advice. A long time ago, he asked me to add a PayPal donate button in hopes of bringing in funds to pay for the costs associated with maintaining this website. The pop-up ads on free blogs often contain offensive content. Free blog services also have many other limitations.
I realize I’m using the advice from Proverbs which is different than the advice gleaned from this story. But since this issue has been on my mind, I’m curious if anyone agrees with my husband. My fear is that the BSF police — self-appointed or otherwise — will take issue with it. But as some of you pointed out, the content here is my own.
It’s been on my mind because the recent annual hosting charge was $311. Ouch. I haven’t told him about that. There are other associated charges that keep the site backed up and operating as it should. Most of the time.
7. Numbers 24:1
- Balaam was more interested in favor with God than favor with an earthly king. Galatians 1:10
- Balaam chose to serve God and not mammon. Matthew 6:24
- Balaam was teachable. He learned that God would speak to him without the aid of other mediums or divination practices. Proverbs 1:5
- Balaam showed he had a backbone on this occasion. He obeyed God, not Balak. Proverbs 29:25
These are my answers not THE answers.