11 week 4th day: two prophecies from a sorcerer

spiritual seeingThe two prophecies uttered by a sorcerer, Balaam, who was bent on making money with his special spiritual ability (like soothsaying) tell us something today. My notes are in bold letters and italics. (The Scriptures are quoted from the Holy Bible NKJV Numbers 22:41, 23:5-24, 24:1. Boldness of some verses added to highlight certain revelations received.)

Key verse: For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9)

The sorcerer can see into the spiritual realm. He cannot do anything to change the destiny for greatness of a people set apart by God Himself as His own chosen elect people. The sorcerer can see part of it but not the whole picture. Why can’t the sorcerer see all? Because he does not have the Holy Spirit. Because he has his own private commercial agenda. He hopes to make a fortune out of his fortune telling and perhaps successful curses. 

But what did he see in these two events recorded? He sees a people set apart by the Holy God for holiness. The key word he sees is: “SEPARATE”. This people is separate from the rest of the inhabitants in the land they have been led by God to conquer and settle. Take note that as long as they remain separate from the rest they will be successful in their conquest. What did the sorcerer see in terms of a military strategy? He struck his spiritual weapon at the word ‘Separate’. He advised the Canaan king to use women to tempt the Israelites. When the Israelite men succumbed to the lust of the flesh and eyes, and had sexual relation with those women (of another spirit), they fell from the spiritually more superior and powerful position of a people of God, and were felled by the people of the land.  A sad revelation which is still true today after thousands of years in mankind’s history and the history of God’s people. 

Balaam’s First Prophecy

22:41 So it was, the next day, that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, that from there he might observe the extent of the people…

23:5 Then the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”…And he took up his oracle and said:

“Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram,
From the mountains of the east.
‘Come, curse Jacob for me,
And come, denounce Israel!’

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him;
There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.

10 “Who can count the dust[a] of Jacob,
Or number one-fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,
And let my end be like his!”

11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!” 12 So he answered and said, “Must I not take heed to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth?”

Balaam’s Second Prophecy

13 Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only the outer part of them, and shall not see them all; curse them for me from there.” …16 Then the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, “Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” 17 So he came to him, ..18 Then he took up his oracle and said:

“Rise up, Balak, and hear!
Listen to me, son of Zippor!

19 God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
20 Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

21 “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.
The Lord his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.
22 God brings them out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox.

23 For there is no sorcery against Jacob,
Nor any divination against Israel.
It now must be said of Jacob
And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’
24 Look, a people rises like a lioness,
And lifts itself up like a lion;
It shall not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain.”

24:1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery,…