Last Week’s Memory Verse Yochanan/John 3:14-16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 8
Who Is Balaam? Balaam was one of seven Gentile prophets. The king wanted Balaam to curse the Jewish people.
Balak’s Words He said, “Now come and put a curse on these people, because they are too powerful for me. Perhaps then I will be able to defeat them and drive them out of the country. For I know that those you bless are blessed, and those you curse are cursed." (B’Midbar/Numbers 22:5-6)
Balaam’s Curses turn to Blessings Three times Balaam tried to put a curse on Israel. God turned it into a blessing instead. Balaam spoke to the king and told him what the future held for Moab. 11 Do the memory verse game here
Balaam’s First Visitors When they arrived, they told Balaam what they wanted him to curse Israel. Balaam asked God what to do and God told him not to curse Israel. Balaam told the men to go back home.
Balaam’s Second Visitors The king sent more distinguished princes to ask Balaam to help them. Balaam had the men spend the night. Balaam asked God what to do. God told him to go with them, but only to speak what He said.
Balaam’s Journey Balaam saddled his donkey and rode with the princes back to the king’s palace. An angel of the Lord stood in the road with a sword. When the donkey saw the angel, she turned off the road into a field.
Balaam Continues His Journey Again the angel stood near a narrow path with walls on each side. For a third time, the angel stood near a narrow place with no room to go around. This time the donkey sat down. Balaam was mad and hit his donkey.
The Donkey Speaks God made the donkey talk. Balaam answered that the donkey had made a fool out of him in front of the special princes.
Balaam’s Eyes Are Opened Then, God opened Balaam’s eyes to see the angel with the sword. Balaam bowed before the angel of the Lord. Balaam said he would do only what the angel of the Lord told him to do. God warned him only to speak what God told him to say.
What Can We Learn From Balaam? Balaam listened and obeyed God only when it was good for him or benefited him. He did not obey God because he loved Him! Balaam was more interested in money than people.