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2017 June 1

Prophet no. 2 / The Woman Prophet (c. 2010?)
John Jude Palencar (b. 1957)
Eclectic Blend of Realism, Surrealism, and Symbolism Styles
Private Collection?
Image Source: JohnJudePalencar.com


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: Numbers 23 contains the first two of Balaam's four oracles. The source of these was distinctly outside the prophet (represented symbolically by the glowing orb floating over the head of the prophet in the painting above). In this case, the source is Yahweh Himself; and the prophecies stand in sharp contrast to the wickedness which was in the heart of the prophet Balaam. In preparation for the first oracle, Balaam had Balak build seven altars upon which he sacrificed seven oxen and seven rams. After the sacrifices were made Balaam went to a high place to see what the LORD would say to him. He returned and stood by the burnt offering together with the princes of Moab (1-6).
     Balaam then took up a parable (Hebrew, "mashal"), variously translated as a proverb, a similitude, a discourse, a sententious saying, etc. In this prophecy he said that he could not curse those whom God had blessed; he spoke of their coming greatness and of their increase in numbers; and he expressed his wish to die the death of the righteous -- the kind of death Israel would die. Balak was distressed at these words; but Balaam reiterated the dictum that he must speak that which the LORD had put in his mouth (7-12).
     So Balak took Balaam to another place in hope that Balaam could curse Israel from there. The sevenfold sacrifices were offered again. And again Balaam went apart to see what the LORD would say to him. And again the LORD sent him back with a message (13-17).
     And again, Balaam took up a parable (Hebrew, "mashal"). In this prophecy he affirmed the nature of God and the nature of Israel. He said that God was not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that the should repent of the things he said previously, nor could anyone reverse those things. Of Israel, he said that God had found no iniquity in him and that their strength was that of a king and of a "unicorn" (or bull or ox); he said there was no enchantment or divination against them, and that they would devour their prey like a lion (18-24).
     So Balak told Balaam to neither curse them nor bless them. But Balaam again told Balak that what the LORD told him to do he must do. Balak then took Balaam to the top of Peor where, again, the sevenfold offering was given (25-30). The narrative concludes in the next chapter.
     [ Sermons: Robert S Rayburn. J Ligon Duncan III. Various. ]
     [ Illustration: Today's image is symbolic of the prophet Baalim, who spoke the first two of his four oracles in Leviticus 23. ]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Numbers 23: [2] Numbers 22:40. [9] Numbers 22:41. [10] Genesis 13:16; Numbers 22:41; Deuteronomy 32:4; Deuteronomy 32:15; Deuteronomy 33:5; Deuteronomy 33:26; Numbers 31:8; Proverbs 28:9. [13] Numbers 22:41. [14] Deuteronomy 3:27; Deuteronomy 34:1. [19] 1 Samuel 15:29. [21] Habakkuk 1:3; Leviticus 23:24; Joshua 6:5, 20. [22] Numbers 22:5; Deuteronomy 33:17. [24] Genesis 49:9. [27] Numbers 24:11. -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Pentateuch Detailed Outline:

Genesis Detailed Outline:

Exodus Detailed Outline:

Leviticus Detailed Outline

     Old Testament Offerings Chart

Numbers Detailed Outline

Numbers 23


Note: "It is the only age in the Bible in which miracle is a daily fact of life."
(Richard Elliott Friedman, Commentary on the Torah, [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001, 421)
True of Exodus through Deuteronomy and up to Joshua 5:12.

{Pentateuch Outline: 14. Generations of Aaron & Moses (Nu 3:1 - Dt 34:12) 1445 - 1406 B.C. Sinai}

2. Resumption of the Journeys [Israel Wanders in the Wilderness] (Nu 10:11 - Nu 36:13) 1445 - 1406 B.C. Sinai & Shittim

b. 3rd Group of Journeys: Kadesh to Ezion-Geber to Kadesh (Nu 15:1 - Nu 20:21) 1445 - 1407 B.C. Sinai
(Numbers does not explicitly mention the start of this Journey, but see Nu 15:32; 16:13; 20:1; Dt 1:46; 2:1 + Nu 33)
(See Chart pp. 815-817 in Davis Dictionary of the Bible, 4th Edition, "Wilderness of the Wandering," pp. 812-817)

c. 4th Group of Journeys: Kadesh to Jordan River (Shittim) - (Nu 20:22 - Nu 36:13) 1407 - 1406 B.C. Sinai & Shittim

     1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place. 4 And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram. 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. 6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab.
     7 And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath bought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. 8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die [Let die my soul] the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his [let be my end like his!] 11 And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether [ you blessed with blessing]. 12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?
     13 And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. 14 And he bought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. 15 And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder. 16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. 17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the LORD spoken?
     18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? 20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. 22 God bought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. 23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! 24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.
     25 And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all [Moreover to curse, not you shall curse], nor bless them at all [moreover to bless, not you shall bless]. 26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, told not I thee, saying, All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do? 27 And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please [it shall be upright in the eyes of] God that thou mayest curse me them from thence. 28 And Balak bought Balaam unto the top of Peor, that looketh toward Jeshimon. 29 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams. 30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

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