Prophecy of Balaam

Numbers 23:19-24
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do?   Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?  Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.  “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.  The Lord his God is with him, And the shout of a King is among them.   God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox.   “For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel.  It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’ Look, a people rises like a lioness, And lifts itself up like a lion; It shall not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain.”

The prophecies of Balaam concerning Israel are very interesting considering there was nothing good ever written about Israel!   They were a "stiff necked" people.   Three times God wanted to destroy them in the wilderness, yet God saw no sin in them.  Once they entered the Promised Land they totally corrupted themselves.  After King Solomon (third king), Israel was divided into two nations called Israel and Judah.  Israel totally rejected God, but Judah did not, howerver, Judah ultimately proved to be worse than Israel, with their pretence to faith.

When Israel was on the verge of going into captivity for their rebellion, God reminds Israel of the prophecy of Balaam (Micah 6:5).  Even though it was all doom and gloom for them at that present time, God reminded Israel that He recognises no sin in them.

Micah 6:5
O My people, remember now What Balak king of Moab counseled, And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, From Acacia Grove to Gilgal, That you may know the righteousness of the Lord.”

So how can God say: “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,... when Israel have been nothing but sinful?

The answer is through the blood of Jesus Christ.   Although Israel rejected God and were removed from the Promised Land, the blood of Christ now allows their restoration.   It allows fulfilment of Balaam's prophecy, the fulfilment of the promises to Abraham and the fulfilment of the prophets, because they all describing the same thing.

During the time of Balaam, after coming out of Egypt, Israel was poised to enter the Promised Land.  Balak the King of Moab opposed the promises God made to Israel, by asking Balaam to curse them.  If Balak had his way it would mean God was a liar and fallible as Israel would have failed.   In the end Balaam could only bless Israel, for God spoke the word and it could not be reversed.  So Israel entered the Promised Land under God's blessing, destroying all who stood in their way.

Today, history is repeating itself. As Israel came out of Egypt and went into the Promised Land.   Israel today has come out of captivity and become the dominant nations of the USA and the British Commonwealth.   All opposition is removed as they head towards the millennium for "the shout of a King is among them" and God recognises no sin in them.

Jeremiah 23:7-8
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”

This story of Israel's redemption is a lesson about righteousness.

Micah 6:5
.....That you may know the righteousness of the Lord.”

Righteousness is all about His works, not ours.