February 16th

Numbers 22-24

  • Balaam consistently goes to the Lord for guidance before taking any action. He makes a powerful statement in vs. 18, “Though Balak were to give me his house of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the Lord my God to do less or more.”
  • 22:22 – It is confusing why God gets angry about Balaam going with the princes of Balak because God gave him permission. God’s permission, however, was to only do what God told him to do. Balaam may have acted in a way at some point that was not pleasing to God.
  • 22:23-35—I want that donkey; who wouldn’t want a talking donkey? Also, I love that the angel’s first words are essentially “Hey, idiot, why were you hitting that donkey?” as if it’s totally normal for a man’s talking donkey to be able to see supernatural beings that are invisible to the rest of us.
  • Balak continues to push Balaam to bend to his will instead of God’s. Balaam’s response is continually, “All that the Lord says, that I must do.”
  • 24: 3-9 – Through Balaam’s obedience to God, he is blessed with a greater understanding and insight to God’s plan, provision, and protection for the Israelites. He expresses this in this oracle

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