Summary: A message in the series of Postcards of People. Balaam who seemed to be a prophet yet followed money.
Note: I teach these scriptures in a talk show format. I have some read scriptures and then I would ask questions and we would discuss the answers.
Balak calls on Balaam – Numbers 22:2 - 13
Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.
And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel.
So Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River  in the land of the sons of his people,  to call him, saying: "Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me!
Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed."
So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner's fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak.
And he said to them, "Lodge here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, as the Lord speaks to me." So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
Then God came to Balaam and said, "Who are these men with you?"
So Balaam said to God, "Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying,
'Look, a people has come out of Egypt, and they cover the face of the earth. Come now, curse them for me; perhaps I shall be able to overpower them and drive them out.' "
And God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed."
So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, "Go back to your land, for the Lord has refused to give me permission to go with you."
What do you think about Balaam?
And the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said, "Balaam refuses to come with us."
Then Balak again sent princes, more numerous and more honorable than they.
And they came to Balaam and said to him, "Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: 'Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me;
for I will certainly honor you greatly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Therefore please come, curse this people for me.' "
Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.
Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me."
And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, "If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you--that you shall do."
So Balaam rose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.
Why do you think Balaam inquired of the Lord a second time? Why do you think the Lord gave in to Balaam’s request?
2Pe 2:15-16 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; (16) but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man's voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
Jud_1:11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Balaam and the Donkey
Then God's anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. (Num 22:22)
Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. (Num 22:23)