A Star Shall Come Out of Jacob (Numbers 24:17)

I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
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.
(Num­bers 24:17 NKJV)

Great the ene­mies of Israel;
King Bal­ak of Moab a per­fect exam­ple.

Bal­aam a pagan sooth­say­er from Pethor,
Hired by Bal­ak to curse the chil­dren of Israel.

Aston­ish­ment and fear filled Bal­aam;
Israel’s God Jeho­vah com­mu­ni­cat­ed with him!

Israel’s God, supreme and mighty,
Gave spe­cif­ic instruc­tion to him.

Rather then curs­ing Israel,
Bal­aam blessed them through a God giv­en vision;
“A Star shall come forth from Jacob!”

A promised Mes­si­ah will come;
Israel’s ene­mies will be defeat­ed once for all.

Nev­er a true prophet of Jeho­vah;
Bal­aam caused the chil­dren of Israel to tres­pass against the Lord.
(Num­bers 31:16)

Hor­ri­ble was Balaam’s end;
The chil­dren of Israel killed him with a sword. (Joshua 13:22)

Do not reject a touch from the God of Israel;
Repent and believe in the Star;

Israel did defeat Moab in his­to­ry but not com­plete­ly;
In this gen­er­a­tion Moab again threat­ens Israel.

Israel under­stands their ene­my Moab;
Moab now pre­pares atom­ic bombs to smash Israel;
Israel will not let this hap­pen.

Israel waits for the Star of Jacob to come;
They know He will final­ly total­ly defeat Moab.

They reject­ed the first com­ing of the Star of Jacob;
Will they believe at His sec­ond com­ing?

Keep your eyes on Israel;
The Star of Jacob, Jesus Christ will come again!

Are you pre­pared?
Receive, believe in Christ today.

George Jack­son
August 17, 2012

Balaam’s Char­ac­ter; This may fur­nish us a clue to his char­ac­ter. It, indeed, remains “instruc­tive­ly com­pos­ite.” A sooth­say­er who might have become a prophet of the Lord; a man who loved the wages of unright­eous­ness, and yet a man who in one supreme moment of his life sur­ren­dered him­self to God’s Holy Spir­it; a per­son cum­bered with super­sti­tion, cov­etous­ness and even wicked­ness, and yet capa­ble of per­form­ing the high­est ser­vice in the king­dom of God: such is the char­ac­ter of Bal­aam, the remark­able Old Tes­ta­ment type and, in a sense, the pro­to­type of Judas Iscar­i­ot.
(ISBE-Inter­na­tion­al Stan­dard Bible Ency­clo­pe­dia)