03/05/2018 — Numbers Chapters 23-25

As with several other Biblical passages Chapters 23-25 are filled with irony.  Balak was seeking a curse upon the Israelites and, indeed, he kept taking Baalam to different locations to try to spur the curse.

Yet, what Baalam delivers, as instructed by the Lord, are blessings, praises and prophecies.  None more beautiful than:

“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob,
    your dwelling places, Israel!

“Like valleys they spread out,
    like gardens beside a river,
like aloes planted by the Lord,
    like cedars beside the waters.
Water will flow from their buckets;
    their seed will have abundant water.

“Their king will be greater than Agag;
    their kingdom will be exalted.

However, before we praise Balaam, as Paul Harvey, the radio commentator used to say  “and now for the rest of the story …”

from Revelation 2:14 — Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.

… and this is exactly what we see that occurred in Numbers Chapter 25.