Numbers 22:27-28 (NKJV) 27 And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
Balaam was a Midianite. He was a prophet, but he was a strange character. Balaam is mentioned three times in the New Testament, and each time he is mentioned it is in connection with apostasy. This is what the Apostle Peter said of Balaam, “They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet” (2 Peter 2:15-16 NKJV). Balaam was a false prophet, and his way was covetousness. God used a miracle to get His message through to Balaam. The Angel of the Lord warned Balaam to speak only the word which the Lord would tell to him. Then Balaam, went his way to his meeting with King Balak of Moab. Balak takes Balaam to four different mountain tops on four different sides of the camp of Israel. And four times Balaam could not curse the people of Israel. Four times the Lord put words of blessings and wonderful prophecies concerning the people of Israel into Balaam’s mouth. And Balak was not pleased at all. For instead of cursing Israel, Balaam actually blesses them. It is very clear that God will not allow Balaam to curse Israel. You see, Balaam rationalized that Israel had sin, and therefore God must judge Israel. But Balaam did not understand the righteousness of God. Many people are like Balaam, rationalizing that people are sinners and God must judge them. My friend, God does not judge the repented sinner because God has already judged him when he believed by faith in Jesus Christ His Son. The world does not understand grace. And Balaam did not understand it as well. The world, like Balaam, does not understand the righteousness of God. You see, my friend, when believers sin, just like the people of Israel have sinned, they do not face the judgment and condemnation of God. Instead, they face the God’s discipline. The people of Israel have sinned, but God has dealt with that. Just as how God has already dealt with our sins. And God is not going to permit anyone to bring false charges against the people of Israel. That is why Balaam could only bless the people of Israel and to praise them. And so, it is with us. God will not allow the devil to bring false charges against us. Because God has already declared us righteous through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ. And what became of Balaam, well, he was slain in battle and, like Judas, he went to his place. My friend, since God is for us, then who can be against us? No one can.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.