From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
. tonight begins the Sabbath of Balak.
. Balak. Strongs OT #1110, 1111. to annihilate, waste, make waste, waster. Moabitish king. Balak.
. Balaam. Strongs OT #1109. not of (5971) the people. i.e. foreigner, Bilam, a Mesopotamian prophet. 1077, from 1086. a failure; by implication nothing; usually (adverbially) not at all; also lest, neither, no, not, no one that…, not, not any, nothing. 1086. to fail; by implication to wear out, decay (causativily) consume, spend):- consume, enjoy long, become old, make old, wax old, spend, waste, worn out old. 5971. (not of) the people (as a congregated unit); especially a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock;- folk, men, nation, people.
. Torah reading: Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.
. Haftorah reading: Micah 5:6 – 6:8.
. NT reading: Romans 11:25-32.
. the story of Balak, when he hired Balaam to curse Israel.
. Balaam accepted the rewards of divination.
. in the end, he could not curse. he could only bless.
. The Pentateuch And Haftorahs edited by J. H. Hertz second edition:
. Numbers 22:2-4. ‘was overcome with dread’. Hertz: “Or ‘loathed’; because they hated the children of Israel, they had a horror of them.
. ‘elders of Midian’. Hertz: …the plot of the Moabites and Midianites against Israel was thus the outcome of ’causeless hatred’, the source of the most terrible cruelties in human relations.
. ‘come now…curse me these people’. Hertz: The whole ancient world …had a firm belief in the real power of blessings and curses…Babylonian religion was rooted in demonology…
. ‘too mighty for me’. Hertz: Balak’s phraseology, as well as his whole attitude, is reminiscent of Pharoah-both illustrating the fatal madness of those who oppose God’s purposes.”
. p668. “The Israelites now enter upon the last stage of their journey to the Promise Land. They are within sight of their goal. We see an irresistible people about to undertake the conquest of it’s national home, and a renowned heathen prophet giving solemn testimony to it’s sublime destiny…he proclaims the utter futility of all attempts on the part of man to foil the purposes of God in regard to that people; and in rapturous strains, he foretells the glorious future which awaits Israel.”
. God said in verse 12: “Thou shalt not curse this people. for they are blessed.”
. “Balaam’s personality is an old enigma…he is represented in scripture at the same time heathen sorcerer, true prophet, and the perverter who suggested a peculiarly abhorrent means of bringing about the ruin of Israel. Because of these fundamental contradictions in character…bible critics assume…no man could at the same time be an illustrious philosopher, a great statesman, and ‘the meanest of mankind’. Such a view betrays a slight knowledge of the fearful complexity of the mind and soul of man. It is only in the realm of Fable that men and women display, as it were in a single flash of light, some one aspect of nature. It is otherwise in real life. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly weak-who can know it?’ Jeremiah 17:9, is a far truer summary of human psychology…although his utterances are a rhapsodic praise of Israel, they pay regard to his intention, which was to curse and not to bless.”
. to make a long story short, Balak took Balaam to several different places, to look at Israel from. to see if he could best curse them from one prospective than another.
. from every prospective, Balaam could not curse them. he could only bless them.
. history repeats itself. we that are Israel are again entering into the last stages of our journey to the Promise Land. We are within sight of our goal. We are beginning to undertake the conquest of our National Home. The Kingdom. there are curses again being spoken against Israel. against us. but all attempts on the part of man to foil the purposes of God in regard to this people, are utterly futile.
. God says again today: Thou shalt not curse this people. for they are blessed.
. since the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Messianic Revival has covered the whole earth, like the waters cover the sea. it couldn’t be stopped. partially restoring the truth of God’s pattern of worship.
. now, the completion of God’s Eternal pattern of worship will be restored,
. to the king/priests that will keep that Eternal pattern. now, in this life. and then, through eternity.
. this completion of the Restoration will cover the whole earth, like the waters cover the sea. it cannot be stopped. God’s Eternal pattern, that He showed to Moses in the mount will be restored, in the earth, just like it is in heaven. Hebrews 8:5. Amplified.
. tonight and tomorrow, over the whole earth, in our tents and in our tabernacles, in the midst of the attempted cursing, Israel is blessed. Israel will again worship tonight. according to the Eternal pattern that God showed to Moses in the mount. at the feast. we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. tonight. at the feast. we will rehearse the coming 7th day together. we will sing the songs of the Kingdom together. we will rejoice together. we will eat together. we will teach our children. wherever 2 or 3 are gathered together…He is with us.
. Look! Look and see!
. How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!