Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bible Study Notes in Numbers- Chapter 24

Numbers 24

-Balaam sees that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, so “he did not go as at other times to seek omens, but he set his face toward the wilderness (Numbers 24:1).” As Balaam lifted up his eyes he saw Israel camping by tribe, and the Spirit of the LORD came upon him to prophecy. His oracle included phrases like “the man whose eye is opened,” “of him who hears the words of God,” “who sees the vision of the Almighty,” and “falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered (Numbers 24:3-4).” He blesses Israel from the top of Peor in eloquent language, and speaks the LORD’s blessing upon them. He claims by the end of this first segment, “Blessed is everyone who blesses you (Israel), and cursed is everyone who curses you (Numbers 24:5-9).” This made Balak’s anger burn against the man that he had brought in to curse his enemies. Three times now Balaam had blessed the chosen people of Israel. Balak warned the sorcerer to flee his presence, and he scolded him saying that he would not receive his honor. That was fine with Balaam. He reiterated his previous statements about speaking only the words God had given him, either good or bad (Numbers 24:10-13). Before he went back to his people, Balaam offered one more oracle for what would occur in future days. He repeated his phrases about this being a true vision and revelation from God. Then, he saw what appears to be the Messiah. Prophetically he proclaims, “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a Star shall come forth from Jacob, a Scepter shall rise from Israel… (Numbers 24:14-17a).” This One shall crush through the forehead of Moab, and tear down all the sons of Seth (tumult). Edom will be His possession along with Seir. One from Jacob will have dominion and destroy the remnant from the city. Amalek is prophesied for destruction. Kain and the Kenite will be consumed. Anyone God desires to destroy, He will destroy by His ordination. Ships shall come from the coast of Kittim (west coast of modern day Cyprus) and afflict Asshur and Eber bringing them to destruction (Numbers 17b-24). “Then Balaam arose and departed and returned to his place, and Balak also went his way (Numbers 24:25).”

-*Application* The sovereignty of God should be our predominate meditation after studying a passage like this. He holds the kingdoms in His dominant Hands (Psalms 24:1). Our job is to fit into His plans and go His way. Balaam was not a perfect person, but he definitely got some things right here in this chapter of Scripture. He could not be bought, and he blessed God’s people, Israel. We too need to open our eyes and ears to see and hear the things of God in this present age. See the vision that God is giving you in His truth. Fall down and worship Him, and then see how He will uncover the knowledge of the Holy and make your paths straight.

Verses to Memorize: Numbers 24:9, 17

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