Balak (Numbers 22:2–25:9) – Did Balaam go against G-d’s wishes and what can be learned from the story.
Shorashim Overview and Study Guide
How do we know that the nations have become frightened from the book of Joshua?
Why is Balaam summoned as opposed to rallying the forces together?
At first Balaam refuses to go with the messengers for G-d has told him in a prophetic vision not to go.
What can be learned from this prophetic vision that comes only at night?
The messengers of Balak offer more enticements and fame and Balaam waits to hear more from G-d..G-d allows him to go with the messengers
Though G-d gave him permission, the way in which Balaam goes on this mission seems to anger g-d and he sends an angel to bar his way. Balaam does not see the angel but his donkey who suddenly begins to talk does.
Why a donkey and why does it begin to talk?
Finally they reach their destination and look down upon the children of Israel, yet Balaam tries to curse but his words come out as blessings. He attempts to do so from three different vantage points.
Why was that necessary?
Balaam’s final blessings refer to the coming of the messiah and the final battles.Though unsuccessful in cursing the people of Israel he attempts to get Balak to send the maidens of Midyan to seduce the people of Israel
Why was this his solution?
Some of the people are enticed to worship the idol Peor. One oif the Israelite leaders brazenly takes a midianite princess before Moshe and Aaron.
What statement was he trying to make to Moshe?
Pinchas , the son of Aaron takes up the vengeance for G-d and kills them both, stopping the plague that had begun to kill the people.
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