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Friday, March 8 2019

A Bible Journey, 139: King Balak and The Diviner Balaam

"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"

The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) gave the Israelites of the Exodus their opportunity to enter the Promised Land only about 14 months after they left Egypt (see A Bible Journey, 63: The Exodus Lesson).

If the children of Israel (see A Bible Journey, 46: The Family At The Heart Of A Nation) had obeyed the LORD, they would have entered their homeland from the south, through the Negev Desert ("Negev" means south in Hebrew see also The Negev Of Israel). If they had obeyed, there would have been no crossing of the Jordan River, or a Book of Deuteronomy in the Bible (see Deuteronomy: The Law and History Lessons By Moses).

Map Of Israel's Wilderness Journey

When the Israelites refused to enter (see A Bible Journey, 133: The Spirit Of Rebellion), the LORD turned them around and marched them around in circles for forty years, until the adult generation, who refused their opportunity to go home, had all died off (see Numbers 14: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?). It was their children and grandchildren, most of whom were born in the Sinai (see Hometowns: Campsites Of The Sinai) who entered the Promised Land forty years later - not then through the southern desert, but after an around the Dead Sea march that brought them to the Jordan River. It was that route that took them through Moab, a territory in what is today the southern part of the Kingdom of Jordan.

"22:1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

22:2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 22:3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

22:4 And 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.

22:5 He 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: 22:6 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." (Numbers 21"1-6 KJV)

The Plains Of The Jordan

King Balak of Moab actually had nothing to fear from the Israelites. They were merely intending to peacefully and respectfully pass through on their way to their own homeland. Rather than simply letting them pass, Balak attempted to stop them by hiring a "diviner" named Balaam. The LORD spoke to Balaam before the messengers of Balak arrived however, so when they made their offer, Balaam's response was "If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more."

"22:7 And 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.

22:8 And he 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.

22:9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

22:10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, 22:11 Behold, 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.

22:12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

22:13 And 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.

22:14 And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

22:15 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. 22:16 And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: 22:17 For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

22:18 And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more. 22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.

22:20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do." (Numbers 22:7-20 KJV)

Balaam decided to go to Moab as the request of Balak anyway. For that, "God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him." Then followed the famous incident with Balaam's long-suffering donkey (see the Fact Finder question below).

Balaam

"22:21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 22:22 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 22:23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

22:24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 22:25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

22:26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 22:27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 22:28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

22:29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

22:30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?

And he said, Nay.

22:31 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.

22:32 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: 22:33 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.

22:34 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.

22:35 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." (Numbers 22:21-35 KJV)

When Balaam arrived, Balak chided him for not coming sooner, but Balaam replied "Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak."

"22:36 And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast. 22:37 And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour?

22:38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.

22:39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kirjathhuzoth. 22:40 And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people." (Numbers 22:36-41 KJV)

Fact Finder: Is the incident with Balaam and his donkey explained further in the New Testament?
2 Peter 2:13-22, Jude 1:8-13, Revelation 2:14-16; see also Revelation, Revelations or Apocalypse?


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This Day In History, March 8

1126: Alfonso VII was proclaimed king of Castile and Leon in what is today central Spain.

Spain
1576: Spanish explorer Diego Garcia de Palacio first sighted the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copan.

1618: Johann Kepler discovered what humans call the third Law of Planetary Motion (see also Creation Day 1: Let There Be Light and Creation Day 4: The Calendar).

1702: King William III of England was killed in a riding accident at age 52. Queen Ann became the English monarch.

1736: Nader Shah, founder of the Afsharid dynasty, was crowned Shah of Persia (Persia became known as Iran in the 1920s; see also How Hadassah Of Benjamin Became The Queen Of Persia and The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia).

1765: One-quarter of Montreal, Quebec was destroyed by fire.

1782: The Gnadenhutten massacre. 96 Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity, were murdered by Pennsylvania militiamen in supposed retaliation for raids carried out by other "Indians" (see also The First Chinese American War).

1801: During the Napoleonic Wars (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?), the British forces under Ralph Abercromby captured Aboukir Bay from the French. Abercromby was killed in the battle (Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the War of 1812-14 against the U.S.; the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in fighting Napoleon's French Empire in Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo).

Waterloo
1844: King Oscar I ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

1917: Riots and strikes in St. Petersburg marked the beginning of the communist revolution against Czar Nicholas II in Russia (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?).

Russian Revolution
1920: Abdullah was proclaimed king of Iraq, but he declined the throne which was later given to his brother Faysal I. Abdullah later became the king of Jordan when it became independent in 1946 (many of the present-day artificial borders between the Arab nations were imposed by Western imperial nations).

1921: Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato was assassinated in Madrid.

1921: Following Germany's failure to pay reparations from the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), French troops occupied Duesseldorf and other towns in the Ruhr.

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), Japanese forces entered Rangoon, Burma, the day after British forces evacuated (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

Japan
1948: The U.S. Supreme Court ("In God We Trust") ruled that religious teaching in public schools violated the U.S. Constitution.

1965: 4,000 U.S. marines (marine troops have been known for over 2,000 years, in ancient China and Greece; today, about 60 countries have marines; see Send In The Marines) arrived at Da Nang in South Vietnam to become the first U.S. combat troops to become involved in the Vietnam civil war. Earlier French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade.

Vietnam
1973: "Irish Republican Army" terrorist car bombs exploded outside the Old Bailey courthouse and Scotland Yard police headquarters in London, killing one person and injuring 238. On the same day a referendum in Northern Ireland favored maintaining ties with the United Kingdom.

1983: U.S. President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." The Soviets responded by calling the U.S. an "evil empire."

2004: A new constitution of Iraq was signed by the U.S.-installed "Governing Council." The puppet regime was however unable to stop the insurgency that demanded genuine independence for Iraq.

2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


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