Summary: Book of Numbers is the journey when Gods people were held in Egypt and God caused plagues to come upon the land. So Pharaoh the king freed Gods people and by the leadership of Moses and Aaron ...God sent them on a journey to a land that God had promised t
Stay Grateful For Gods Care. Numbers 22 (Lesson in Numbers)
Let me give you a outline of the book of Numbers so everyone will be up to date with what's going on and what Gods message is in this book.
There are many messages in the book of Numbers.
Book of Numbers is the journey when Gods people were held in Egypt and God caused plagues to come upon the land. So Pharaoh the king freed Gods people and by the leadership of Moses and Aaron ...God sent them on a journey to a land that God had promised them....Canna
The name numbers comes from God organizing His people into the 12 tribes they belonged to....or families ....out of the tribes there were a little over 600,000 soldiers (men 20 years and older) so an estimate of all Israelites is around 2 million that were in held in Egypt.
Numbers has an important spiritual lesson for Christians.
Canaan was a land of battles and blessings, as the Christian life is today.
Israel’s sins in the wilderness was unbelief...not that they wasn't save because they had been delivered from Egypt by the blood of the Lamb.... they did not trust God’s Word.
Instead of claiming Canaan by faith, they wandered in the wilderness in unbelief that God would hold to His promise.
Canaan is not a picture of heaven. But it is an illustration of our spiritual inheritance in Christ....our walk with Him until we reach that promise land.
But, we must go through trials...troubles...sickness and death..
But we trust Him to be with us...to protect us and sometimes we miss that...or most of the time.
It's by faith...that we trust Him to hold to His promises....it's by faith that we trust Him to give us strength to carry on.
It's by faith in Jesus that saves us...faith that He forgives us ..faith that we receive Him.
We can wander in the wilderness while we are here....it's not that we are not saved but we miss the abundant life that He promised by our unbelief in His protection and trusting Him.
The book of Numbers has many lessons from God on how we are to trust Him and we are going to look at a few today.
Numbers 22:4 And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to(PEE-THOR)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:
6 Come 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.
King of the Moabites sent for Balaam. Apparently this prophet was well known in that entire land.
Balak wants to hire him to come and curse the children of Israel. Gods people had poured into the area by the Jordan River and Balak wanted them out of that land.
It was a few hundred miles to get the message to the prophet Balaam..a few hundred for him to come....but you could imagine it took Gods people several days also to settle down because there were around 2 million of them and the king was afraid of them.
The people in Moab were intimidated by the Israelites and resentful. ......some will always be resentful toward Gods people and Gods word....but are we to quit? We cant force ourselves on others but, when we pray for them ..the power of God comes over them.
******God brings good where some intended evil
Numbers 22:31-35 (KJV)
31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:
33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.
34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.
35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.