Balaam acknowledged the Abrahamic blessing on Israel

Numbers Bible Background

Old Testament: Num 24.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 23–25 on February 29, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Balak the king of Moab wanted the prophet Balaam to get Jehovah God to curse Israel, but the Lord God refused to do it. Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, so Balaam blessed Israel, and at the end of his blessing he said:

“He shall pour water from his buckets,
And his seed shall be in many waters.
His king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.
God brings him out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox;
He shall consume the nations, his enemies;
He shall break their bones
And pierce them with his arrows.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
Blessed is he who blesses you,
And cursed is he who curses you.”

– Numbers 24.7–9

The Lord promised the exaltation of Abraham’s descendants, and hundreds of years later, Balaam could see how the Lord blessed them. Notice at the end that Balaam affirmed what the Lord told Abraham in Genesis 12, that whoever blesses Abraham shall be blessed and that whoever curses him shall be cursed.

Unfortunately, Balaam later showed Balak, the king of Moab, how to get the Lord to curse Israel, and for that Balaam was cursed and lost his life as the rest of the story shows.


  • The seed of Israel would be in what?
  • Israel had strength like a what?

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