Summary: BALAAM AND HIS TALKING DONKEY
BALAAM AND HIS TALKING DONKEY: 3/10/08
NUMBERS 22: 1-35
Today we’ll take a look at a man, named Balaam, who was all tied up in the occult, Balaam was not an Israelite, he was a native of Pethor a city in Mesopotamia, and he would sell his satanic power to the highest dollar, as we get into the message we’ll see his main objective was financial gain.
Back in chapter 21 we’re told that the Israelites defeated every enemy that came against them, Israel was then and still is today, Gods chosen and special people, all any one has to do is take a look back at Israel’s history to see that all people that has caused trouble against His people are gone, but Israel is still alive and well, their all over the world today, what happened to Egypt, Assyria Babylon and Nazi Germany?
No nation has been blessed of God like Israel, not only with material blessings and divine protection, but primarily with spiritual blessings to share with the whole world.
Paul lists some of them in Romans 9:1-5. Israel gave the world the knowledge of the true and living God, the written Word of God, and of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.
I’ve said it many times, as long as the U.S.A. will stand by Israel, God will stand by us.
Listen as I read today’s text found in Numbers 22: 1-35
Vs. 1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. 2And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 4And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, “Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field.”
And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, “Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: 6Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.”
Balak, king of Moab, didn’t realize that God had told Israel not to attack Moab in Deut. 2:9 9And the LORD said unto me,* Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
The Moabites were relatives Of the Jews, being descendants of Abraham’s nephew Lot (Gen.1 19:26-37).
Israel desires to live in peace, but Satan hates Gods people and is always trying to wipe them off the face of the earth, just like their enemies want to do today, if only they knew, its impossible to do.
7And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. 8And he*[balaam] said unto them, ‘Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me:” and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
In those days, people believed that each nation had its own god, and Balaam knew that Jehovah was the God of the Israelites. Therefore, he went to seek the Lord’s will about the message from Balak.
Let me say that It was God who came to Balaam, not Balaam who brought God to himself, and the Lord wouldn’t low him to accept the invitation. God made His will very clear:
9And God came unto Balaam, and said, “What men are these with thee?” 10And Balaam said unto God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 11Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.”
12And God said unto Balaam, “Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.”
13And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes** of Balak, “Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.”