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.
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.
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)