How About This Many?
Verse 13 Then Balak said to him, “Come with me to another place where you can see them; you will not see them all but only the outskirts of their camp. And from there, curse them for me.”
Have you ever had a child ask you over and over for the same thing but changing the request ever so slightly in hopes that you will change your mind? Or maybe you have done this to someone else? Well, this is what King Balak is trying to do to Balaam.
Again there was the sacrifice on 7 altars with no priests involved. Again the request was a curse put on the people of Israel. But today we find a couple of subtle differences to procedure. This time around the place chosen was overlooking only a percentage of the Israelites and the request only for the curse to be over those within sight. Why the change of how many he wants cursed? Could it be that he was losing a small amount of faith in Balaam? Maybe thinking that Balaam’s powers with gods wasn’t as strong as he had originally thought? What about the king’s view about God? Sure he didn’t worship God but he knew God’s power or he wouldn’t have feared Him so much as to want the Israelites cursed.
Another thing that is slightly different is the way Balaam is backing away slightly from the pomp and circumstance. Yes, there was a sacrifice but Balaam didn’t go up to a high place to meet with God. The first message given to the king was referencing Balaam and how he wasn’t qualified to curse God’s people. This message is about God’s character and His care of the descendants of Jacob. Balaam is going to have to go back to the king and tell him that not only can’t he curse the Israelites but, “king, you are out of your league on this one.” This causes the king to ask if he will just refuse to bless the people of Israel.
Balaam may not have been a worshipper of God, likely not in fact, and he wasn’t a worshipper of this king and he is still trying to walk the fence. So who is he worshipping? He is trying to protect his own interests. He will give God’s words but he does so in a way to keep the king from blaming him. There is no halfway when it comes to worship. You are all in or you are bowing to self.
Making It Personal
How easy is it to worship yourself? Why is it so easy? What choices can you make that will make the choice to worship God easier in the future?
Making It Personal Kids
Who is worthy of our worship? Why is He worthy? What is a way you can worship Him today?
Father, thank You for revealing Yourself to us so that we remember that You alone are worthy of our worship. Help us remember that our choices reveal who we worship. In Jesus’ name, amen.