Numbers chapter 24

Balaam blesses Israel a third time, continued. Balaam blesses Israel a fourth time.

 


 

BALAAM BLESSES ISRAEL A THIRD TIME, CONTINUED

 

VERSE 1. When Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he didn’t go, as at the other times, to use divination, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

divination. Divination is an attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.

In this verse, Balaam stops doing divination, at least for the current situation.

 

VERSE 2. Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel dwelling according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came on him.

lifted up his eyes, and he saw. Most of us go through our lives, scarcely seeing the things that really matter. But like some of the prophets, we can ask the LORD God to open our eyes! Read more »

 

VERSE 3. He took up his parable, and said, “Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eyes are open says;

the man whose eyes are open. His eyes are opened.

Most of us go through our lives, scarcely seeing the things that really matter. But like some of the prophets, we can ask the LORD God to open our eyes! Read more »

 

VERSE 4. he says, who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, and having his eyes open:

having his eyes open. Most of us go through our lives, scarcely seeing the things that really matter. But like some of the prophets, we can ask the LORD God to open our eyes! Read more »

 

VERSE 5. How goodly are your tents, Jacob, and your dwellings, Israel!

How goodly are your tents. That is, “how beautiful are your tents.”

This is an odd thing to say, since the tents places were almost 40 years old. They were probably faded and tattered and ripped.

But Balaam spoke by faith.

 

VERSE 6. As valleys they are spread out, as gardens by the riverside, as aloes which the LORD has planted, as cedar trees beside the waters.

as gardens by the riverside. Their encampment was probably not beautiful like a garden. It was not like aloes. It wasn’t like majestic cedars.

But Balaam spoke by faith.

 

VERSE 7. Water shall flow from his buckets. His seed shall be in many waters. His king shall be higher than Agag. His kingdom shall be exalted.

Water shall flow from his buckets. Water was not actually flowing from their buckets.

But Balaam spoke by faith.

 

VERSE 8. God brings him out of Egypt. He has as it were the strength of the wild ox. He shall consume the nations his adversaries, shall break their bones in pieces, and pierce them with his arrows.

the strength of the wild ox. Only recently did they have such strength. Previously, they were weak and easily frightened.

 

VERSE 9. He couched, he lay down as a lion, as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? Everyone who blesses you is blessed. Everyone who curses you is cursed.”

Everyone who blesses you is blessed. If you want blessedness for yourself, begin by wishing blessedness for the Jewish people.

 

VERSE 10. Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and, behold, you have altogether blessed them these three times.

Balak’s anger burned. King Balak is a very angry man.

 

VERSE 11. Therefore, flee to your place, now! I thought to promote you to great honor; but, behold, the LORD has kept you back from honor.”

 

VERSE 12. Balaam said to Balak, “Didn’t I also tell your messengers whom you sent to me, saying,

 

VERSE 13. ‘If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I can’t go beyond the LORD’s word, to do either good or bad from my own mind. I will say what the LORD says’?

I can’t go beyond the LORD’s word. The life of discipleship means to live as the LORD God leads.

Sometimes that leading says YES. And sometimes that leading says NO.

In either case, whether yes or no, a disciple is delighted.

 

VERSE 14. Now, behold, I go to my people. Come, I will inform you what this people shall do to your people in the latter days.”

 

BALAAM BLESSES ISRAEL A FOURTH TIME

 

VERSE 15. He took up his parable, and said, “Balaam the son of Beor says, the man whose eyes are open says;

the man whose eyes are open. Balaam’s eyes are opened.

Most of us go through our lives, scarcely seeing the things that really matter. But like some of the prophets, we can ask the LORD God to open our eyes! Read more »

 

VERSE 16. he says, who hears the words of God, knows the knowledge of the Most High, and who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down, and having his eyes open:

hears the words of God. Balaam heard the words of the Most High God.

knows the knowledge of the Most High. Balaam received knowledge from the Most High God.

sees the vision of the Almighty. Balaam had an authentic vision of the Most High God.

Most of us go through our lives, scarcely seeing the things that really matter. But like some of the prophets, we can ask the LORD God to open our eyes! Read more »

 

VERSE 17. I see him, but not now. I see him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob. A scepter will rise out of Israel, and shall strike through the corners of Moab, and crush all the sons of Sheth.

I see him, but not now. Sometimes the prophets see into the future.

 

VERSE 18. Edom shall be a possession. Seir, his enemy, also shall be a possession, while Israel does valiantly.

 

VERSE 19. Out of Jacob shall one have dominion, and shall destroy the remnant from the city.”

the remnant. The Bible describes a uniquely faithful group of believers called “the remnant.” Are they Jewish or Christians? Now or in the future? Who are they really? Read more »

 

VERSE 20. He looked at Amalek, and took up his parable, and said, “Amalek was the first of the nations, But his latter end shall come to destruction.”

 

VERSE 21. He looked at the Kenite, and took up his parable, and said, “Your dwelling place is strong. Your nest is set in the rock.

 

VERSE 22. Nevertheless Kain shall be wasted, until Asshur carries you away captive.”

 

VERSE 23. He took up his parable, and said, “Alas, who shall live when God does this?

 

VERSE 24. But ships shall come from the coast of Kittim. They shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber. He also shall come to destruction.”

 

VERSE 25. Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.

 


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