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Numbers 22:21-31 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the.

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1 Numbers 22: Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the L ORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.

2 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the L ORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road. 24 Then the angel of the L ORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.

3 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the L ORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat her again. 26 Then the angel of the L ORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.

4 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the L ORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff. 28 Then the L ORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

5 29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” 30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said.

6 31 Then the L ORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the L ORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

7 Blind and Forgetful Numbers Since 2001 Talking donkeys Shrek Talking donkeys are very acceptable

8 Numbers 22 6 “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.”

9 A sorcerer Prophet A man who could be bought Blinded by greed Rebuked by a Donkey

10 7 The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said. 12 But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”

11 28 Then the L ORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

12 31 Then the L ORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the L ORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

13 32 …I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her.”

14 A sorcerer / prophet His heart is unclear Smart and crafty but not wise nor committed

15 Numbers 23 8 How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the L ORD has not denounced? 11 Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!”

16 20 I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. 21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. 24 The people rise like a lioness; they rouse themselves like a lion that does not rest till he devours his prey and drinks the blood of his victims.”

17 Numbers 24 8 “God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. 9 … “May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”

18 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the L ORD has kept you from being rewarded.”

19 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.” 17 “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.

20 Balaam is blinded by greed and power The people of Israel are forgetful They have been prepared They have been warned Still the people of Israel forget

21 Numbers 25 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. 3 So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the L ORD ’s anger burned against them.

22 4 The L ORD said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the L ORD, so that the L ORD ’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

23 A second census Not to measure their strength But to distribute the land equitably

24 Numbers 26 2 “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by families—all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army of Israel.” 51 The total number of the men of Israel was 601,730. First census totaled 603,550

25 52 The L ORD said to Moses, 53 “The land is to be allotted to them as an inheritance based on the number of names. 54 To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one…

26 Fairness for five daughters Name Inheritance Land

27 Numbers 27 8 “Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, turn his inheritance over to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father had no brothers, give his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan, that he may possess it...’ ”

28 Remember to worship and celebrate Numbers 28 Daily Offerings Sabbath Offerings Monthly Offerings The Passover Feast of Weeks

29 Numbers 29 Feast of Trumpets Day of Atonement Feast of Tabernacles Numbers 30 Vows

30 Putting it all together We think we are so smart We too are blind and forgetful We often fail to see God’s warnings and God’s blessings

31 Putting it all together We think we are very consistent We are easily swayed by cultural norms, peer pressure There are consequences for our behaviors

32 Putting it all together We misplace our focus Money, power and pleasure We need to focus on the thing that is good for us for the long-term

33 Shortcomings of being human They have been and will always be with us Blindness, forgetfulness and inconsistencies We focus on things that don’t last

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