BLINDED BALAAM

By: Ely Lagajino

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4

​We had a mother dog that refused to nurse her three-week old puppies. The puppies kept on crying. 

One day I heard voices of puppies crying on top of the window type aircon unit. I saw the pups and put them down at once, wondering how they got there. I hid myself to observe and find out. When the puppies started to cry again, a mother cat came and carried the puppies back to the aircon. I got a stick to beat the cat, but I realized that the animal would like to save the puppies.

In one of the great episodes in the Bible, the donkey talked and questioned Balaam. 

​“Why do you strike me every time I save your life?” The donkey saw the angel with a sword in front ready to hit them. Balaam was blinded by his covetous desire to get the bribe money even if the Lord warned him. When the angel allowed Balaam to see him, in terror, he dropped down to the ground.

​This incident happened after the Israelites set their camp near Moab. The Moabites feared Israel, and declaring war with them would be a hopeless decision against a mighty God.

King Balak of Moab thought to fight Israel by using sorcery. He hired prophet Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor Haran, to curse the Israelites because curses and blessings were considered irreversible.

​Balaam was once a prophet of God (PP p.482). His grandfather might have associated with Jacob, who taught them about the true God. But Balaam became greedy by combining sorcery in his profession, which was common in pagan countries. Balaam still considered himself a prophet of God. 

Balak sent a messenger to offer Balaam a big cash rewardto come to Moab and curse Israel. Balaam knew that he could not curse against the God of Israel. But he was interested in the money. 

The angel of God visited him in a dream, warning him not to curse Israel but in the morning Balaam insisted on his desire…

PPp481-485

Numbers 22-24

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