Our teaching from The Law of Moses, also called The Law of The LORD, will come from the Words of Numbers 22.12-20 and beyond.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, WHO IS BALAAM PART 2
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 22.12-20.
Some three million Jewish People, the beginning of the great Nation of Israel that GOD promised Abraham are in the desert in Moab, current day Jordan, near Jericho preparing to enter the Promised Land, the land of Canaan. GENESIS 12.2
But the King of Moab, seeing Israel’s might and power from what Israel did to the Amorites, killing their King and seizing his land, hires the Gentile Prophet Balaam to curse Israel into oblivion. Hoping to prevent Israel from seizing his land and possessing it.
So the Moabite King sent messengers to Balaam with payment for him to perform his witchcraft on Israel to curse them.
And when the messengers came to Balaam with the King’s message to curse Israel, Balaam the Prophet told them, I will bring you word again as The LORD shall speak to me.
AND GOD CAME TO BALAAM,
And said to him, Who are these men with you? And Balaam said, The men were sent by the King of Moab with instructions for me to curse Israel.
AND GOD REPLIED, YOU SHALL NOT GO WITH THEM. YOU SHALL NOT CURSE THE PEOPLE (THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL) FOR THEY ARE BLESSED.
THESE POWERFUL WORDS SPOKEN BY THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, “DO NOT CURSE THE PEOPLE (THE JEWISH PEOPLE) FOR THEY ARE BLESSED,” ARE PERMANENT AND FOREVER BECAUSE THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. ISAIAH 40.8, 1 PETER 1.23-25, ROMANS 11.29
THE ONLY INDICATION FOR GOD’S GRACE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE IS BECAUSE THE LORD LOVES THE JEWISH PEOPLE. AND BECAUSE HE WOULD KEEP THE OATH THAT HE HAD SWORN TO THEIR FATHERS, ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB, THAT THE LORD BROUGHT THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT WITH A MIGHTY HAND, AND REDEEMED THEM. THAT IS GOD DELIVERED AND RESCUED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OUT OF THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE FROM THE HAND OF PHARAOH KING OF EGYPT.
“KNOW THEREFORE, THE LORD SAID, THAT THE LORD YOUR GOD, HE IS GOD, THE FAITHFUL GOD WHO KEEPS COVENANT AND MERCY WITH THEM THAT LOVE HIM AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, THAT IS HIS LAW OF MOSES, TO A THOUSAND GENERATIONS.” FOREVER.
THAT IS GOD’S COMMANDMENT TO HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE, AND TO ALL PEOPLE WHO DESIRE TO BE FULLY PART OF GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
KEEP HIS LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES. THAT INCLUDES ATONEMENT. AND ATONEMENT TODAY IS MADE BY THE SHED BLOOD OF THE MESSIAH YESHUA, FOR IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL.
THAT IS GOD’S REQUIREMENT TO BE FULLY PART OF HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE FOR SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE. DEUTERONOMY 7.6-9, 2 CHRONICLES 31.3-4, LEVITICUS 17.11
So Balaam told the Princes of King Balak, Return to your own Country because The LORD will not allow me to go with you.
And the Princes of King Balak returned to the King and said, Balaam refuses to come with us.
So the King sent different Princes more honorable than the others to Balaam to curse Israel.
And again, another crowd of messengers are at Balaam’s door telling him, Thus saith Balak, the son of Zippor, Don’t let anything hinder you from coming to me. For I will promote you to very great honor, and I will do whatever you say to me. Please come and curse this People for me.
And Balaam said to the King’s messengers, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond The Word of The LORD my GOD to do less or more.
STRONG WORDS, BUT NO ACTION BECAUSE BALAAM DOES NOT DO WHAT GOD TELLS HIM TO DO.
GOD TOLD BALAAM, YOU SHALL NOT GO WITH THOSE MEN. YOU SHALL NOT CURSE THE PEOPLE FOR THEY ARE BLESSED. NUMBERS 22.12
NOW BALAAM MAY BE A PROPHET, BUT HE SURE IS NOT A MAN OF GOD. HE DOES NOT DO WHAT THE LORD GOD TELLS HIM TO DO.
So he said to the King’s messengers, Stay here tonight and I will find out what else The LORD has to say to me.
HEY BALAAM, THE LORD ALREADY TOLD YOU WHAT TO DO. DON’T GO WITH THOSE MEN. AND DO NOT CURSE THE PEOPLE FOR THEY ARE BLESSED.
JUST DO WHAT GOD SAYS. THAT’S ALL GOD WANTS FROM YOU BALAAM.
AND THAT IS WHAT GOD WANTS FROM ALL PEOPLE. DO WHAT GOD SAYS IN THE BIBLE. EVEN WHEN YOUR BIBLE TEACHER OR YOUR PREACHER TELLS YOU THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO OBEY GOD’S LAWS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES.
DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO FOR YOUR GOOD, AND FOR YOUR SALVATION.
GOD’S Commandments are always simple to understand and do.
They are not rocket science. The problem is, people don’t want to do them, and are taught not to do them. And they wonder why they have so much grief in their life. 1 John 5.3
AND AGAIN, GOD CAME TO BALAAM AT NIGHT
And said to him, If the men invite you to go with them, then go. But yet the Word which I shall say to you, that shall you do.
But GOD originally told Balaam Not to go with those men.
Now THE LORD says, Go with them.
My thinking for GOD’S reversal is this.
GOD doesn’t stop people from sinning against Him. And sin is disobeying GOD by breaking the Law of Moses. However it is written in Scripture, the blessings for obeying GOD, and the curses for disobeying GOD. 1 JOHN 3.4, DEUTERONOMY 28
So GOD said to Balaam the second time, Go with those men. But trouble was ahead for Balaam for disobeying GOD.
So Balaam rose up in the morning and saddled his ass and went with the Princes of Moab.
But The Bible says, GOD’S anger was kindled. His anger was hot against Balaam because he disobeyed GOD and went with the men.
When GOD first told Balaam not to go with the men, GOD meant it. Don’t go with them. And do not curse the People for they are blessed. But when GOD told him the second time, Go with them, as a Prophet Balaam should have known that GOD does not change His Mind. He meant what He said. Do not go with them. MALACHI 3.6
So because Balaam disobeyed GOD, The LORD GOD was incensed with him.
And the Angel of The LORD, Who was The LORD GOD HIMSELF, Exodus 4.2-4, stood in Balaam’s way as an adversary.
And Balaam was riding upon his ass, and his two servants with him.
And the ass saw the Angel of The LORD, and His Sword Drawn in His Hand. And the ass turned away from The Angel of The LORD and went into the field.
And Balaam hit the ass to turn her back onto the path. But the Angel of The LORD stood in their way in the vineyards with a wall on both sides of the path.
And when the ass saw the Angel of The LORD, she thrust herself into the wall and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. And he hit her again.
And the Angel of The LORD moved closer and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn either to the right or to the left.
And when the ass saw the Angel of The LORD, she fell down under Balaam. And now Balaam is mad at the ass. And he whacked the ass a third time with his stick.
And The LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you’ve beaten me these three times”? And Balaam said to the ass, (this is quite a comedown from talking to GOD) “Because you have mocked me”, Balaam said to the ass. “If I had a sword in my hand I would have killed you.”
And the ass said to Balaam (now the disobedient Prophet is having a conversation with his ass) “Am I not your ass which you have ridden ever since I was yours to this day? Was I ever in the habit of doing this to you?” And Balaam said, “No.”
At that moment The LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the Angel of The LORD standing in front of him, and His Sword Drawn. And Balaam bowed down before The LORD, and fell flat on his face.
Now Balaam knew the Angel of The LORD was GOD ALMIGHTY because he recognized GOD Whom he had spoken to face to Face. NUMBERS 22.9
And the Angel of The LORD said to Balaam, Why did you beat your ass these three times? I went out to withstand you because your way is perverse before Me.
Perverse is a word that means being willfully determined not to do what is expected of you. Turning away from what is right, good, or proper. Being wicked or corrupt.
And The LORD said to Balaam, The ass saw Me and turned from Me these three times. Unless she had turned from Me surely I would have killed you and saved her alive.
This never would have happened had Balaam obeyed GOD and stayed home and never gone with the men as GOD originally commanded him.
And Balaam said to the Angel of The LORD: I have sinned.
Yes, Balaam knew what sin was. Disobeying GOD. 1 John 3.4
My question is, Why isn’t sin explained today in Bible teaching and in sermons?
Perhaps because the Church leadership and many Messianic Congregational leaders either don’t know what sin is, or they do not want their Congregations to know that sin is breaking GOD’S Law of Moses, THE LAW OF THE LORD.
THUS they prevent their Congregants from obeying GOD. 1 JOHN 3.4, JAMES 3.1
And Balaam said to The LORD, If it displeases You, I will turn back.
And the Angel of The LORD said to Balaam, Go with the men, but only speak the Word to them that I shall speak to you. So Balaam went with the Princes of Balak.
And King Balak went to meet Balaam, and scolded him, saying, didn’t I earnestly send for you? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I not able to promote you to honor?
And Balaam said to King Balak, I have come to you. Have I now any power at all to say anything. The Word that GOD puts in my mouth, that will I speak.
So King Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep.
Those sacrifices were to devils, to false god’s.
And the following day the King brought Balaam up into the high places of baal, a false god, that from there he would see a portion of Israel, The Jewish People.
And Balaam said to the King, Build for me here seven altars, and prepare seven oxen and seven rams for me. And the King did as Balaam said. And the King and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on every altar.
And Balaam said to the King, stand by the burnt offering and I will go. Perhaps The LORD will come to meet me. And whatsoever He shows me, I will tell you. And Balaam went to another high place.
AND AGAIN GOD MET BALAAM.
And Balaam said to The LORD, I have prepared seven altars and I have offered on every altar a bull and a ram.
And The LORD put a Word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return to King Balak and thus you shall speak.
And Balaam returned to the King where he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he and all the Princes of Moab.
AND BALAAM TOOK UP THE LORD’S PARABLE.
NOW A PARABLE IS A SHORT STORY OR STATEMENT THAT TEACHES THE TRUTH. NUMBERS 23.7-10
And Balaam said, Balak, the King of Moab brought me from Aram (Syria) out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse Jacob for me, and call evil upon Israel.
How shall I curse whom GOD has not cursed? Or how shall I call evil upon whom GOD has not called evil upon?
For from the top of the rocks I see him (Israel), and from the hills I behold him.
The People shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.
Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his (Jacob).
Although Balaam is a disobedient Prophet, The LORD had a purpose for him. To tell the Word of GOD to the world through The Bible.
FIRST, FROM THE WORDS THAT GOD SPOKE TO BALAAM, THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THAT NO ONE CAN OR SHOULD CURSE ISRAEL, THE JEWISH PEOPLE, FOR THEY ARE BLESSED. NUMBERS 22.12
ALSO BALAAM SPOKE THESE WORDS OF GOD.
FOR THE PEOPLE SHALL DWELL ALONE. AND SHALL NOT BE RECKONED AMONG THE NATIONS.
The word “alone” in Hebrew as in, The People shall dwell “alone” is BAHDAHD meaning alone and separate.
THUS, THE LORD SAYS, THE JEWISH PEOPLE SHALL DWELL ALONE, SEPARATE FROM THE NATIONS.
THE JEWISH PEOPLE SHOULD DWELL ALONE, SEPARATE FROM THE NATIONS BECAUSE GOD MADE THE JEWISH PEOPLE A HOLY PEOPLE TO HIMSELF, CHOSEN TO BE A SPECIAL PEOPLE ABOVE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
FOR THE GOD OF ISRAEL HAS INSTRUCTED HIS JEWISH PEOPLE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES ACCORDING TO HIS LAWS, HIS TEACHINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS CALLED TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES THAT IS WRITTEN IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE. AND ACCORDING TO THE WORDS OF HIS PROPHETS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE.
AND THE LORD TEACHES HIS JEWISH PEOPLE WHY THEY SHOULD DWELL ALONE AND BE SEPARATE FROM THE NATIONS.
BECAUSE THE NATIONS WILL TURN HIS JEWISH PEOPLE AWAY FROM SERVING THE LORD THEIR GOD TO SERVE OTHER GODS.
A GOOD EXAMPLE IS CHRISTIANITY.
CHRISTIANITY HAS ABOLISHED GOD’S LAW OF MOSES IN ITS ENTIRETY.
CHRISTIANITY HAS ABOLISHED ALL GOD’S LAWS, HIS TEACHINGS, AND ALL GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS. CHRISTIANITY HAS ABOLISHED GOD’S SABBATHS, HIS FOOD LAWS, HIS FESTIVALS OF LEVITICUS 23, AND EVERY LAW OF GOD WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE.
ALL THE RELIGIONS OUTSIDE OF JUDAISM HAVE ABOLISHED GOD’S LAWS, TEACHINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES.
AND MUCH OF CHRISTIANITY SERVE A TRINITY OF THREE DIFFERENT gods. THE FATHER IS a god. THE SON JESUS CHRIST IS ANOTHER DIFFERENT god. AND THE SPIRIT IS YET ANOTHER DIFFERENT god. THREE DIFFERENT gods. THAT IS PAGANISM AND WRONG.
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD, YESHUA THE MESSIAH WHO IS THE FATHER, THE MESSIAH AND SON, AND THE SPIRIT AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. ALL ONE AND THE SAME GOD. ISAIAH 9.6, HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, JOHN 12.45,49, JOHN 14.9
AND GOD WARNS HIS JEWISH PEOPLE THAT FOLLOWING THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF THE NATIONS WILL CAUSE THE ANGER OF THE LORD TO COME UPON HIS PEOPLE AND DESTROY THEM SUDDENLY.
DEUTERONOMY 7.1-6, DEUTERONOMY 4.35-40, DEUTERONOMY 5.6-7, DEUTERONOMY 6.4, ISAIAH 13.11, ISAIAH 24.4-6, ISAIAH 26.21, ISAIAH 42.8, ISAIAH 44.6-8, ISAIAH 45.5-6, MARK 12.28-31
PAUL WRITES THAT MESSIAH YESHUA IS OUR PEACE WHO HAS MADE BOTH JEWISH AND GENTILE ONE BY BREAKING DOWN THE MIDDLE WALL OF PARTITION.
THAT MIDDLE WALL OF PARTITION THAT SEPARATES PEOPLE FROM GOD IS DISOBEDIENCE AND REJECTION OF GOD’S TORAH, HIS LAW OF MOSES. AND THE TRINITY OF THREE DIFFERENT gods.
WHEN THE NON-JEWISH BELIEVER IN MESSIAH YESHUA TURNS TO GOD AND FOLLOWS TORAH AND RECEIVES GOD’S DOCTRINE OF ONE GOD, THAT MIDDLE WALL OF PARTITION IS BROKEN DOWN. BOTH BECOME ONE. EPHESIANS 2.14, EZEKIEL 18.21
AND WHO CAN COUNT THE DUST OF JACOB (ISRAEL) AND THE NUMBER OF THE FOURTH PART OF ISRAEL? QUITE FRANKLY, NO ONE CAN.
I BELIEVE THE MEANING HAS TO DO WITH ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED. AND THIS IS MY PERSONAL THOUGHT. ALL ISRAEL ARE ALL THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHOM GOD WILL SAVE TO ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN, AND ALL THE NON-JEWISH PEOPLE WHO WILL JOIN IN WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND BECOME FULLY PART OF GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE WHOM GOD WILL SAVE BECAUSE OF THEIR ATONEMENT IN THE MESSIAH YESHUA, AND THEIR OBEDIENCE TO TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES.
THAT IS ALL ISRAEL WHOM GOD WILL SAVE.
NO ONE CAN COUNT THE DUST OF JACOB (ISRAEL). ONLY GOD CAN, AND ONLY GOD KNOWS AND PREORDAINED. EZEKIEL 37.10-14, PROVERBS 11.21, ROMANS 11.26
(PROVERBS 11.21) TODAY, THE RIGHTEOUS HAVE ATONEMENT IN THE MESSIAH YESHUA, HA SHEM, AND OBEY TORAH.
AND BALAAM SAID, LET ME DIE THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS, AND LET MY LAST END BE LIKE HIS (JACOB).
THAT NEVER HAPPENED TO BALAAM BECAUSE BALAAM WAS NEVER RIGHTEOUS.
A RIGHTEOUS PERSON OBEYS GOD, HIS LAWS, TEACHINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS. BALAAM DID NOT OBEY GOD. IN FACT BALAAM CAUSED THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO SIN AGAINST GOD. AND ISRAEL KILLED HIM. NUMBERS 31.8.16
BALAAM DID NOT DIE THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS, NOR WAS HIS LAST END LIKE JACOB. HE DIED THE DEATH OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS.
Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader