Notes: April 22, 2008 – Numbers 23 & 24

English language Bible study notes prepared for Trinity International Baptist Church of Athens, Greece.

Balak, the Moabite king, wanted Balaam to curse the nation of Israel. Three times Balaam went to the Lord for a word of prophecy; and three times he returned to bless the nation of Israel-much to the obvious consternation of his would-be patron.

1. The first blessing (23:1-12)

2. The second blessing (23:13-24)

3. The third blessing (23:25-24:9)

4. A fourth prophecy, after which Balaam and Balak part ways (24:10-25)

Meditation Points:

  • “peradventure the LORD will come to meet me” (Numbers 23:3)
  • “And God met Balaam” (Numbers 23:4)
  • “And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth” (Numbers 23:5)
  • “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed?” (Numbers 23:8)
  • “Let me die the death of the righteous” (Numbers 23:10)
  • “Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?” (Numbers 23:12)
  • “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
  • “All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do” (Numbers 23:26)
  • “Blessed is he that blesseth thee; and cursed is he that curseth thee.” (Numbers 24:9)
  • “The LORD hath kept thee back from honor” (Numbers 24:11)
  • “Who shall live when God doeth this?” (Numbers 24:23)