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Friday, March 10, 2017

While reading Numbers 22-24 you’ll encounter the prophet Balaam who had a divided heart.   You’ll find additional information in chapter 31.  Check your concordance for other references where he is mentioned, (eg. Deuteronomy 23:4-5, Joshua 13:22, 2 Peter 2:15-16, Jude 11, and Revelation 2:14). 

After collecting information about him, correlate it into an outline.  I found this hard because of the convoluted way in which Balaam operated.  I finally decided to give as the title: True Prophecies, False Prophet.  Point 1. the prophecies, 2. the prophet, and 3. his tragic legacy. 

Balak asked Balaam to curse Israel, promising him a significant reward.  When Balaam inquired of God he was forbidden to curse them, but rather pronounce a blessing upon the Israelites.  In his second oracle he included this: “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.  Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”  That’s a good verse to summarize God’s activity in the book of Numbers.  In his third oracle he again identifies Israel as a lion that devours his enemies, and adds a picture of abundant fruitfulness. 

In his fourth oracle he says, “A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.”  This likely inspired the trip of the wise men from the east to find the Christ child, born to be a king described in Matthew 2. 

Could it be that one who made such precise, accurate prophecies nevertheless be a false prophet?  We’ll consider this in our next visit.


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