Balaam
Download
1 / 11

Balaam - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 169 Views
  • Uploaded on

Balaam. Balaam. Num. 22-24. Background The 2 nd generation of Israelites (out of Egypt) were making their way to the Promised Land This required passage through enemy lands The leaders of these countries were nervous

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' Balaam' - sven


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

Balaam1
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Background

    • The 2nd generation of Israelites (out of Egypt) were making their way to the Promised Land

    • This required passage through enemy lands

      • The leaders of these countries were nervous

      • King Sihon & King Og (kings of Amorites & Bashan) tried to refuse passage and were soundly defeated

    • The story of Balaam begins when Israel was camped on the plains of Moab

      • Balak, king of Moab, “was exceedingly afraid” (Num. 22:3)


Balaam2
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam had a reputation

    • He was a prophet of God (cf. 2 Pet. 2:16)

      • “I will bring back word to you, as the LORD speaks” (22:8)

      • “The LORD has refused to give me permission” (22:13)

      • “I could not go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more” (22:18)

      • “Go with the men, but only the word that I speak to you, that you shall speak” (22:35)

      • “Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you” (23:3)

      • “The LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth” (23:5)

      • “The LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth” (23:16)

      • “Did I not tell you, saying, ‘All that the LORD speaks, that I must do'?’” (23:26)

      • Balaam possessed great potential for good…for God!


Balaam3
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam had a reputation

    • He was a prophet of God

    • He was a soothsayer/diviner (Jsh. 13:22; Num. 22:7)

      • When Balak needed “help,” he knew who to call

        • “I know that whom you curse is cursed” (Num. 22:6)

        • Balaam was in Mesopotamia – 400 miles away

      • God had been very clear about sorcery

        • “You shall not…practice divination or soothsaying” (Lev. 19:26).

        • “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them” (Lev. 19:31).

        • “There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist…” (Deut. 18:11-11).

      • Balaam could be whoever you wanted him to be!


Balaam4
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam had a reputation

    • He was a prophet of God

    • He was a soothsayer/diviner

    • He could be bought (Nu. 22:5-21; 2 Pt. 2:15; Jude 11)

      • Price #1: Flattery (22:6)

      • Price #2: Diviner’s fee (22:7)

      • Price #3: Even more honorable princes (22:15)

      • Price #4: Let nothing stop you, great honor will be yours, I will do whatever you say to me (22:16-17)

      • Response #1: “Stay here tonight, let me check” (22:8)

      • Response #2: “Refused to give me permission” (22:13)

      • Response #3: “Though give me…stay here…what more the Lord will say to me” (22:18-19)

      • Response #4: Balaam rose and went with them (22:21)

      • Balaam had a price. Bless or curse, just wanted reward!


Balaam5
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam had a problem

    • He clearly knew the will of God in this matter

      • You shall not go with them (22:12)

      • You shall not curse the people; they are blessed.

      • Only the word I speak to you (22:20)

      • Your way is perverse before Me (22:32)

      • Only the word I speak to you (22:35)

      • The word that God puts in my mouth (22:38)

      • Whatever He shows me I will tell you (23:3)

      • The LORD put a word…thus you shall speak (23:5)

      • Must I not speak what the Lord put in my mouth (23:12)

      • The LORD put a word…thus you shall speak (23:16)

      • All that the LORD speaks, that I must do (23:26)

      • Balaam saw it pleased the LORD to bless Israel (24:1)

      • Did I not speak, What the LORD says (24:12-13)


Balaam6
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam had a problem

    • He clearly knew the will of God in this matter

    • He tried his hardest to violate the will of God

      • To enemies of God: “stay here tonight” (22:8)

      • To enemies of God: “stay here tonight” (22:19)

      • “I may know what more the LORD will say” (22:19)

      • “IF it displeases you, I will turn back” (22:34)

      • Allied with Balak to do what God forbid him to do

      • Went with Balak to high places of Baal (22:41) and offered sacrifices three times (23:1-4, 13-15, 27-30)

      • Used sorcery/enchantments/omens in first attempts to curse God’s people (24:1)

      • Balaam finally went back home (24:25)


Balaam7
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam had a problem

    • He clearly knew the will of God in this matter

    • He tried his hardest to violate the will of God

    • Angry with God, Balaam shrewdly counseled with Balak before leaving, with a plan that would destroy/curse Israel as Balak wanted

      • “…You have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality” (Rev. 2:14)

      • “Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD” (Num. 31:16; cf. 25:1-9)


Balaam8
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Balaam still has a reputation

    • He died in the Lord’s vengeance on the Midianites (31:8)

    • He is renowned in Biblical history for:

      • Having less sense than a donkey

      • Having an argument with a talking donkey

      • Trying to resist God’s will but failing & looking like a fool

      • Instigating sinful behavior among God’s people that led to 24,000 deaths

      • “Loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet” (2 Pet. 2:15-16; cf. greedy error, Jude 11).

      • “You have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam…Repent!” (Rev. 2:14)


Balaam9
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Positive Things We Can Glean from Balaam

    • May we say it and mean it:

      • “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.” (22:18)

      • “I have sinned” (22:34)

      • “Now, have I any power at all to say anything? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I must speak.” (22:38)

      • “All that the Lord speaks, that I must do” (23:26)

      • “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? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.” (23:19-20)


Balaam10
Balaam

Num. 22-24

  • Positive Things We Can Glean from Balaam

    • God’s word & God’s will do not change, no matter how many different ways I approach it, no matter where I’m standing, no matter what I want it to be.

    • “Nevertheless the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.” (Deut. 23:4-5; cf. Josh. 24:9-10)

    • “Hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.” (Neh. 13:2)

    • God used even Balaam’s tongue to prophesy of Christ: “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.” (cf. Is. 9:2; 13:10; 14:12; Jn. 8:12; Rev. 22:16; Gen. 49:10; Heb. 1:8; etc.)