“Error of Balaam -11, Balak/Balaam Meet”

January 28, 2020

“Error of Balaam -11, Balak/Balaam Meet”

Blessings folk!

Balaam was continuing with the men.
Even though the Lord had told him not to…initially.
Now the Lord simply gives him “more rope”.

Num 22:34-38

Balaam said to the angel of the LORD,
“I have sinned, for I did not know that you were standing in the way against me.
Now then, if it is displeasing to you, I will turn back.”

But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam,
“Go with the men, but you shall speak only the word which I tell you.”
So Balaam went along with the leaders of Balak.

When Balak heard that Balaam was coming,
he went out to meet him at the city of Moab,
which is on the Arnon border, at the extreme end of the border.

Then Balak said to Balaam,
“Did I not urgently send to you to call you?
Why did you not come to me?
Am I really unable to honor you?”

So Balaam said to Balak,
“Behold, I have come now to you! Am I able to speak anything at all?
The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.”

Balaam is one of the more enigmatic characters in the Word.
Was he “of God”?
Was he “not of God”?
Was he faithful?
Was he truly of the faith?

Seek to withhold a conclusion until we read the entire account.

In this portion of the Word we see where Balaam and King Balak meet.

Balak is put out because Balaam had not come immediately.
He had been hesitant.

Balak took it as a personal offense.
He took it as a statement from Balaam that Balak could not honor him.

Balaam cuts to the issue.
“I have come now…”
“Am I able to speak anything at all?”
“The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak.”

Balaam was letting Balak know that the only word he could speak was the Word of the Lord.

Remember what Balak wanted.
He wanted a word to curse the people of Israel that were gathered about.

Remember that Balaam seems intrigued by the honor and money…

Wonder what word would come forth…?

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