January 19: God is Israel’s protector

Balak, king of Moab, offered the prophet Balaam great wealth to curse Israel.  Balaam agreed, but was constrained to only speak that which the Lord gave him to speak 

Numbers 23:4-10

Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up the seven altars, and I have offered up a bull and a ram on each altar.” Then the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and you shall speak thus.”  So he returned to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, he and all the leaders of Moab.  He took up his discourse and said,

“From Aram Balak has brought me,
Moab’s king 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 can I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
“As I see him from the top of the rocks,
And I look at him from the hills;
Behold, a people who dwells apart,
And will not be reckoned among the nations.

 “Who can count the dust of Jacob,
Or number the fourth part of Israel?
Let me die the death of the upright,
And let my end be like his!” (NASB)

 

Although Balaam pretended to be a faithful prophet, his heart was more committed to himself than to God.  Eventually he turned against God and Israel by teaching the people to practice idolatry and to commit fornication (Revelation 2:14). It was his counsel that caused the children of Israel to sin and to suffer a terrible plague (Numbers 25:1-9, Numbers 31:14-16).

 

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO DISCERN THE WORD OF GOD AND NOT LISTEN TO FALSE PROPHETS.

Old city Jerusalem at night David’s Tower and the Old City walls

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