Friday, March 27, 2009

Day 86 Balaam's Oracles

In the oracles of Baalam we see a statement about YHWH and another about His people:

1st Oracle
God: "How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?"

People: I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.

2nd Oracle
God:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"

"The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood of his victims."

3rd Oracle
Statement of the relationship between YHWH and His People.
8 "God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them.

9Like a lion they crouch and lie down,like a lioness—who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!"

4th and Final Oracles

The essence of the first two oracles are repeated and now we have a proclamation of the destruction of the kings of Moab and allies. Balak wanted to pronounce curses on the people of YHWH and got judgment on his own.

25 "Then Balaam got up and returned home and Balak went his own way."
When YHWH speaks, then nothing more can be said. I see that they might just have been stunned into silence, the type that reminds us to "Be still and Know that I am God"


1 comment:

  1. The sad part is Balaam did not give up. He evidently returned later and made a deal with Balaak (Number 31:16; 2 Peter 2:15-16; June 1:11; Rev 2:14). Those who lead God's people astray bring a curse on their own heads.