Balaam’s story (Numbers 22-25)

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.  He has said, and will he not do? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”  Numbers 23:19

As we continue to walk along with Israel on her way to the Promised Land, we find ourselves reading about what was happening surrounding the people’s journey.

Yesterday we were introduced to the people of Moab who feared Israel (22:2-3) and enlisted a pagan prophet, Balaam, to pronounce a curse against God’s people.  Balaam was happy to do this.  However he was put in his place by a sovereign Lord who used a donkey to awaken him to the true God (There is a message here in itself).

In chapters 23-24 we see Balaam’s attempts to pronounce a curse.  Each time, what the king wanted him to say was what he did not say.

  • He seeks to proclaim a curse, but instead he proclaims a blessing.
  • He seeks a second time to proclaim a curse, but again he proclaims a blessing.
    • In this second speech, he proclaims the truth about the one and only true God:
      • He does not change His mind.
      • He does not lie.
      • He keeps His promises.
    • No wonder James writes what he does about God in James 1:17 “there is no variation or change in God.”
  • The third speech by Balaam is one that amazes me in that here is a pagan who proclaims the truth of our God:
  1.  He is the God who conquerors our enemies, 24:3-9.
  2. He is the God who is coming to conqueror, 24:17-18.

Here this pagan prophet gives witness to the coming of Jesus Christ, Colossians 2:15; I Corinthians 15:25-26; Revelation 20:10,14.

Balaam’s story reminds me to both watch out for false prophets, Jude 11; and to fully trust God’s sovereign reign over even the toughest of moments.  Israel does not even know God is fighting for her.  But He is.

This same God is for all of His people today.  Romans 8:31  You can be assured that God is really in control even though people like Balaam are looming over us.  God will win in the end.  Trust Him for He never breaks His word.

 

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