ONE OF the most cryptic and fascinating sections in the entire Bible is the focus of our study this week: On the surface, it’s a message from God to the Prince of Tyre, who, at the time of Ezekiel, was a man named Ithobaal III. However, it’s clear from the context that this was really directed at the divine rebel from Eden.
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HOW CAN one curse whom God has not cursed? Today we learn about a unique person in the Bible, an acknowledged prophet who apparently didn’t always get his messages from Yahweh.
Unlike other Old Testament prophets, Balaam son of Beor was a prophet for profit. The frightened king of Moab, Balak son of Zippor, hired Balaam to curse Israel so that his tiny nation would not be overrun. Instead, Balaam blessed Israel three times because, as he told Balak, “All that Yahweh says, that I must do.”
We also discuss the bizarre incident in the desert with the fiery serpents (saraph nachash, Numbers 21:6) and the Israelites’ defeat of the giant Rephaim kings of the Amorites, Sihon of Heshbon and Og of Bashan.