Lesson From Balaam: Blocked By God

The story about Balaam is really interesting. He was told by God to not go with the men. He clearly understood that. Numbers 22:13 says, “…Go back to your land, for the Lord has refused to give me permission to go with you.”

Years ago I heard a father say to his son, “What part of no do you not understand? The N or the O?” Balaam pressed the envelope. The king sent more men. Read their words from the king carefully. Verse 16-17 says, “…Please let nothing hinder you…for I will certainly honor you greatly…”

I want to jump ahead to what Jude wrote. Verse 11 says, “…they…have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit…” Moses asked a question of those who disobeyed in war. Numbers 31:16 says, “Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord…”

Anytime our way opposes God’s way, He will stand as an adversary against us. God Himself will block our path. We see this clearly in the narrative. Balaam went anyway. Numbers 22:22 says, “Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand against him…”

Have you ever felt walled in? Verse 24 says, “Then the Angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.”

Have you ever felt trapped? Verse 26 says, “Then the Angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.”

Verse 32 could not be clearer. It says, “…Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.” Perverse means to be obstinate. Proverbs 3:32 says, “For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord…”

Psalm 18:25-26 says, “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; with the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.” The Hebrew word for shrewd is to be twisted or to wrestle. Tomorrow I want to do a deep dive into the opposite of perverse.

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