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Balaam and His Donkey (8 of 10)
Series: Will You Be Counted
Balaam is mentioned five other times in the Old Testament. He is mentioned three times in the New Testament, Second Peter 2, verses 15 and 16; Jude verse 11; and Revelation 2, verse 14.
Balaam is one of those strange, mysterious characters in the Bible. Some characters are clear and crystal, easy to see and easy to understand. On the other hand there are characters in the Bible who seem to walk in the shadows. For instance, Saul was a character like that. Samson was like that. Judas is one of those enigmatic characters. Balaam falls into this category.
The Bible tells us that Balaam was a prophet. We are told that in the New Testament in one of the three verses I have referred to. But it becomes very obvious that he was not a true prophet. He was a false prophet. He was a phony. We are going to see a rather amazing story unfold as we consider the life of this man Balaam.
Four entire chapters in the Word of God are devoted to this man named Balaam, and three references are made in the New Testament to him, which says to us that there is an important lesson for us to learn in this man's career. He serves as a warning to the people of God.
Keep in mind that the children of Israel were on their way to the Promised Land. The old generation is dying out. The new generation is getting ready to enter into the land. As they move, they are conquering their enemies. You will find that in chapter 21.
Now in chapter 22 they are going to encounter a different kind of enemy. They are going to find an enemy of the mountain, and they are not even aware that that enemy is there. In fact, there is no evidence that they really know what's going on behind the scenes here.
The Bible says that sometimes Satan comes as a roaring lion to devour, I Peter 5, verse 8. But on other occasions the Bible teaches that Satan comes as a serpent with subtlety and trickery, II Corinthians 11, verse 3. It is very important for the people of God to understand spiritual warfare. Do not let the extremes taught by some in the area of spiritual warfare cause you to miss the fact that the Bible says in Ephesians 6, verse 12, ''For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.'' God' people need to be aware of what's going on.
I. God's Plan.
I want us to look first of all in chapter 22, verses 1 through 35. I want to talk to you first of all about God's plan.
The verses I have read let you know that the children of Israel are on the way, and Balak, who is the king of Moab, hears about them. He has seen what they have done. The Bible says that it scared him to death. He was frightened of them.
There was no need for him to be frightened because we are told in Deuteronomy 2 that the Lord commanded the children of Israel to pass on by them ...
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