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Thursday, December 12 2013

Numbers 24: Balaam's Blessing Of Israel

"Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel ... Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee"

Despite himself, the former prophet-for-hire and sorcerer Balaam had become a prophet of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). When Balak, the king of Moab had summoned Balaam to curse Israel (see Numbers 22: Balak and Balaam), Balaam instead was given to speak the LORD's blessings upon Israel (see Numbers 23: Balaam's Parables).

The Plains Of The Jordan

"24:1 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 24:2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said,

Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 24:4 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 24:6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. 24:7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee." (Numbers 24:1-9 KJV)

Balak was looking to win a war against Israel that didn't exist. Israel had merely requested passage through Moab so that the Israelites could come out of the Sinai wilderness and cross the Jordan River into the land that the LORD had promised to the Messianic branch of the descendants of Abraham (see Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).

"24:10 And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. 24:11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.

24:12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, 24:13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak? 24:14 And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days." (Numbers 24:10-14 KJV)

Balaam continued with the words that the LORD had inspired him to speak as "the man whose eyes are open."

"24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. 24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city." (Numbers 24:15-19 KJV)

The only curses that Balaam was given to deliver were upon those who chose to oppose the LORD's will in settling the Israelites on the land that the LORD declared for them.

"24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever. 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. 24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! 24:24 And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

24:25 And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way." (Numbers 24:20-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Where and when did "Israel" originate? (b) What blessings did Israel speak unto "Israel"?
(a) See A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel
(b) See A Biography Of Jacob: Blessings And Prophecies


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This Day In History, December 12

627: The Battle of Nineveh (the former capital of the Assyrian Empire; see The Nineveh Prophecies and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).

Crusade 1098: The Massacre of Ma'arrat al-Numan during the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). Church of Rome "Crusaders" massacred about 20,000 citizens of the town.

1408: The Order of the Dragon, a royal order of knights, was created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then King of Hungary (see also The Dragons Of The Bible).

1479: German Emperor Frederick III (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) expelled the Jews from Schlettstadt Alsace.

1753: George Washington, then a loyal British military officer in Virginia, delivered an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain's claim to the entire Ohio river valley.

1792: Ludwig van Beethoven, aged 22 and newly arrived in Vienna, noted in his diary he had 15 ducats - enough for his first music lesson with Franz Joseph Haydn.

1896: In London, Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public exhibition of "wireless" radio.

1911: King George V of Britain held a coronation durbar (the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur) in Delhi. The Indian capital was moved there from Calcutta.

1913: The famous painting "Mona Lisa" was recovered 2 years after having been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris.

1915: Yuan Shikai, the President of the Republic of China, announced that he was reinstating the monarchy and proclaiming himself as Emperor of China.

1925: The Majlis of Iran voted to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Persia.

1930: The Spanish Revolution began.

1931: While facing a growing communist challenge, Chiang Kai-shek resigned as president of the Nanking government but continued as leader of the Nationalist government which still held control of much of China.

1943: The German Army began "Operation Winter Tempest," the attempt to relieve the Sixth Army which was then trapped in Stalingrad, Russia.

1963: Kenya was granted independence from the United Kingdom.

1964: Kenya became a republic. Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta became the first President of the Republic of Kenya.

1969: Greece withdrew from the Council of Europe shortly before it was to have been expelled because of its military regime.

1979: The port of Tumaco, Colombia, was hit by an earthquake measuring 8.0; 600 died and 80,000 were made homeless.

1985: Arrow Air (a Florida charter cargo and passenger airline) Flight 1285 crashed after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing 256 people, including 236 members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division who were on their way home for Christmas.

1991: The Russian Federation became independent from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) - an ironic change since "Russia" and "the USSR" were often regarded as the same.


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