God’s people, the Israelites, were in the wilderness.
They had arrived at the promised land decades earlier, but the people had
rebelled—refusing to trust God to give them the land. They believed it would be
better to die in the wilderness than follow God (Num. 14:2), so God sent them
into the wilderness for 40 years (vv. 28-29). In time, all of the adults died
except for Joshua, Caleb, and Moses. The children grew up and more children
were born. The Israelites disobeyed God time and again, but God still provided
for them. He planned to keep His promise to give Israel the promised land.
As the Israelites traveled, God gave them victory over
attacking armies like the Canaanites and Amorites. Not surprisingly, when
Israel set up camp in the plains of Moab, on the east side of the Jordan River,
Balak—the king of Moab—was terrified. The king knew he could not defeat the
Israelites on his own, so he called on Balaam, a pagan prophet, to put a curse
Though Balaam did not follow God, he knew of God and
God spoke to him. God told Balaam, “You are not to curse this people, for they
are blessed.” God’s plan all along was to bless humanity (Gen. 1:28),
specifically through the nation of Israel (Gen. 12:3). So each time Balaam
spoke over Israel, God did not allow him to curse the Israelites. Instead,
Balaam spoke in four clear messages, insisting that God would bless the
One of the ways God would bless the Israelites is
found in Numbers 24:17: “A star will come from Jacob, and a scepter will arise
from Israel.” Balaam told of a powerful future king who would be victorious
over his enemies. This prophecy referred to and was ultimately fulfilled by
Teach your kids that God protects His people. His
promises are sure. Balaam could not
curse God’s people. God had blessed the Israelites, so Balaam blessed them too.
Fourteen hundred years after Balaam announced God’s promise, Jesus was born.
God sent Jesus to bless the whole world by rescuing people from sin.
- Babies and Toddlers
- We can trust God.
- Balak wanted Balaam to speak against Israel.
- Balaam could only bless God’s people.
- Balaam said that God would send His people a king.
- What does it mean to sin? To sin is to go against God and His commands.
- Balaam blessed God’s people.
- What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any
way that goes against God and His commands.
- God commanded Balaam to bless His people.
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