The children of Israel are now camped in the plains of Moab. Balak, the King of Moab, feared the Israelites so he joined forces with the Midianites and together they sent for the pagan prophet, Balaam, to get him to curse the Israelites. Now Balaam is a prophet that loves a profit! 🤑 (2 Peter 2:15-16) So he is eager for the job and the Lord eventually tells Balaam he can go with them but he can only say “the word which I speak to you – that you shall do”.
Balaam travels by donkey and God uses that donkey to put Balaam in his place! See, God knew Balaam’s heart. He knew he only cared about financial gain but God was going to use him for His glory and for the good of His people anyway. So the donkey speaks and rebukes Balaam for his spiritual blindness. Then the Lord opens Balaam’s eyes and the Angel of the Lord reminds Balaam to only speak what the Lord speaks.
So King Balak took Balaam up to the high places of Baal (a false god) and Balaam builds an altar to the Lord as instructed by Balak. But instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blesses them as the Lord instructed. So Balak moves Balaam 2 more times hoping for a different outcome but each time Balaam blesses the children of Israel according to the Word of God.
Well Balak gets mad and tells Balaam to go home. Before Balaam leaves he gives another prophecy. In this prophecy he says, “A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel; And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult”. This is pointing to the Davidic Kingdom to come and ultimately the King our Savior. So Balaam goes home but he gets to thinking. 🧐 Balaam comes up with an idea 💡 that will get him paid and make the children of Israel stumble.
We find out tomorrow what that stumbling block is so keep reading!