The Blessed Of The Lord
But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned?
And Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have blessed them these three times (Numbers 24:10 ESV)
For there is no enchantment against Jacob,
no divination against Israel;
now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel,
’What has God wrought!’
(Numbers 23:23 ESV)
Journey To Futility
This is a hopeless and useless journey. Who loves to waste time or destroy himself? Nobody.
Any adventure to curse whom God has not cursed is a stupid and useless journey.
Balak is a classic case of a man after another mans life. In this case it was a people – the Isrealites.
The Isrealites are the blessed of the Lord. We are the blessed of the Lord and no one can harm us without God’s permission.
When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on it’s intended victim.
Balak was the son of the King of Moab – a prince so he must have been helping his father and ruling with him which was very usual in times past.
He sent messengers to Balaam, a true prophet of the Most High God to get him to curse the Israelite’s so that he would be able to defeat them.
Moab was scared of Israel so they looked for a spiritual way to bring them down. Balak the prince of Moab was so desperate for victory that all he could think of was to go spiritual.
And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel. (Numbers 22:3 ESV)
Just like people who love magic and sorcery, Balak tried to play God. For him, it was his will be done. He never wanted any form of resistance that was why he kept sending princes and royals to Balaam.
Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed. ” (Numbers 22:6 ESV)
Balaam, being a wise and true prophet said he would seek the face of God. He was limited to only to God’s will. He knew he was not called to fulfil mans desires.
The messengers went to Balaam with divination fees. He was even enticed with riches and honour but none moved him. He was not working for money but for God.
False prophets work for money and their only motivation is greed. They get demonic powers to do and undo according to the will of their customer.
These are sons of perdition. They can curse anyone as long as the incentive is there.
Balaam Talked with God
Balaam as a true prophet could not move an inch without God. He welcomed the messengers but sought the face of God for words and action.
And God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?” (Numbers 22:9 ESV)
Balamm answered God and briefed him about Balak’s request and God told him not to go to Balak.
God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed. ” (Numbers 22:12 ESV)
Balaam said no to Balak’s messengers, and the messengers gave the reply to Balak, but Balak would not give up.
Balak now sent prices, more in number and more honourable to Balaam all because of his desire to curse.
God told Balaam to go with Balak’s messengers, however God was not happy so he opposed Balaam on the way by appearing with a sword.
To cut the long story short, Balaam went to Balak and instead of cursing the Israelites, he pronounced blessings on them according to the word of the Lord.
“Blessed is he who blesses you,
And cursed is he who curses you.”
Balak was not happy and taunted Balaam about rejecting the honour he offered him.
He did not realise that Balam was of a different breed. He was dead to the flesh and alive to the word of God.
Honour and riches meant nothing – all he cared about was the word of God.
’If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own will. What the Lord speaks, that will I speak’? (Numbers 24:13 ESV)
If a prophet of the old testament could be this devoted and dedicated, we can also be like that. We can be totally crucified to all else except the word of God.
Don’t run faster than God
Don’t play God
Total commitment to the word of God is all that matters
Never join hands with another man to harm someone else because of gain