When we think of Balaam we normally think of the story of Balaam and his donkey. As a matter of fact I often use that talking donkey as an answer to people who believe women should not teach the Word of God. I often say “If God used a donkey to talk to Balaam then he surely can use whomever He chooses to do His talking, even a woman.”
Today I actually want to teach on something that we often miss in Numbers 22. Occasionally, and especially with Halloween coming up at the end of October, I see prayers that people have on Facebook to ask God to deliver them from curses of witches and warlocks. Christians cannot be cursed by any witch or warlock, PERIOD. We often have people who have sat under the wrong teaching. These people, a lot of them taught by ministers in pagan countries, have learned that if they just pay one minister or the other they will give them a magic prayer to have a curse lifted from them. Truthfully, there are a lot of so called ministers in the United States, who being hungry for money, do the same thing. There are many who promise to curse someone for you if you send them money, and if it doesn’t “take” the first time, they then tell you they need more money.
In the time that Numbers 22 occurred there were the same kind of folks. There was fortune tellers, soothsayers, etc, that offered to curse people for money. Balaam, it turns out, was a so called diviner in the Old Testament.
King Balak of Moab was extremely concerned about the Israelites taking over the land. He decided that the thing to do was to hire Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites and that would get rid of them, he believed. I am not, for the sake of writing a long story and losing the reader, going to go into all that is in Numbers 22. I urge you to read it for yourself and by doing that you will see very clearly that NOBODY was able to put a curse on the Israelites.
The city of Alexandria was an occult hub. Egyptian witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, enchantments, incantations and spells were practiced throughout the city. Balaam had a reputation for being a master sorcerer. Just as we see with so called prophets today, diviners in that day with a great track record made a whole lot of money. King Balak was well aware that hiring Balaam would not be inexpensive but he was so desperate to get rid of the Israelites he was willing to pay whatever it took.
Cutting to the chase Balaam tried THREE times to speak a curse on Israel and could not do it.
Finally he told King Balak, “How can I curse whom God hath not cursed, or how shall I defy, whom the Lord has not died?” Numbers 23:8.
It was absolutely impossible to place a curse on anyone whom God had placed a blessing on.
The Word teaches that when we accepted Christ as our savior, we were grafted into the blessings that Israel received from the Lord. We cannot be cursed by another person. It’s not possible!
God protects His children. I often hear from people who believe that someone has put a curse on their family. This is just one of the places in the bible where we see that Gods’ divine protection cannot be breached by someone operating under, or in cooperation, with the powers of Satan.
Beloved, I encourage you to come out from under the fear that Satan has put on you regarding the possibility of being cursed. If you are in Christ you are blessed of the Lord and as Balaam told Kind Balak, “What God has blessed, no one can curse!”
In His Unconditional Love,
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