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Why God is angry with him ? Numbers 22 (King James Version)

Discussion in 'Exposition & Bible Study' started by wingcross, Apr 19, 2005.

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  1. wingcross

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    20And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

    21And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

    22And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

    23And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

    24But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.

    25And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

    26And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

    27And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

    28And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

    29And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

    30And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay.

    31Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

    32And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

    33And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

    34And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

    35And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
     
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  2. wingcross

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    20And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

    He went right ? Why God still send the angel to 'kill' him ?
     
  3. Dad Ernie

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    Greetings Wingcross,

    Numbers 22:12-13 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. 13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.

    Numbers 22:19 Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.


    I believe what we see here is a Prophet of God who was "tempted" by the offerings of Balak. We see that God told Balaam the first time NOT to go, yet Balak offered even a greater prize if only Balaam would curse Israel. So what does Balaam do? Well, we also see this same pattern with Balaam's ass. Three times the ass averted the angel, and Balaam beat the ass instead of giving consideration to the warning signs.

    So I believe that God basically said: "You will do what you will do." IOW, you will go with them. So of course God got angry with Balaam.

    Blessings,

    Dad Ernie
     
  4. wingcross

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    Still I would not able to see the or consider the warnings ... if i were on the ass. U mention there is a similar pattern with Balaam 's ass ?

    I cant see... Can you describe further ?
     
  5. wingcross

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    I believe I un now. Pls correct me if i am wrong.
    Numbers 22:12-13 (New International Version)

    12 But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."
    13 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's princes, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."
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    "This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me, 17 because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me."


    18 But Balaam answered them, "Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God. 19 Now stay here tonight as the others did, and I will find out what else the LORD will tell me."

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    Conclusion??

    God for the first time, have spoken to Balaam telling him "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed."

    The next morning, Balaam tell the princess to go home. When they come again, Balaam didnt tell them to go back, instead he asked again God for for further direction thought God has given him the wisdom. I guess God was mad because he didnt accept fully that those blessed must be blessed. OR I should said He was hoping God will tell him to go ? reap the rewards and curse the ppl.

    Am I right at this point ? Thank you !
     
  6. Dad Ernie

    Dad Ernie Well-Known Member

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    Greetings WingCross,

    Yea, I do believe ye gott it. :)

    Blessings,

    Dad Ernie
     
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