The Third Divination/Offering
With the 3rd go around, Balaam instead of seeking divination between him and Jehovah again, rather, “set his face towards the wilderness” and received a vision:
Numbers 24:2 – And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of Elohim came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the sone of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of Elohim, which saw the visions of sad*day (almighty), falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
This verse is Balaam describing himself, what he initially saw, and take note that he admits he’s in a “trance” the way man diviners receive their visions.
He then goes on to poetically describe what he sees. Notice the word switching between Jacob/Isreal and Elohim/Jehovah:
24:5 – How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which Jehovah hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. Elohim brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with arrows. He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
- Jehovah has planted trees? Is he seeing into the future? Will the verse verify this?
- Look at all the mention of “water”. Two chapters ago, the Israelites were being KILLED because they had no water and complained about it.
- Who’s seed is being referred to in 24:7?
- Remember: It wasn’t until Jehovah “visited” and “did that thing” to Sarah that she bore children.
- I conclude he speaks of Jehovah’s seed. The verse speaks directly to Jacob and Israel in the first verse, but speaks of Jehovah in 3rd person
- Verse 5 starts out speaking directly to Jacob and Israel (underlined).
- Jehovah is mentioned in the 3rd person (red)
- The rest of the 3rd person uses he, thus
- Jehovah has planted lign aloes and cedar trees
- Jehovah will pour water out of his buckets and his seed will be in many waters
- Jehovah’s king will be higher than Agag, his kingdom will be exalted
- Elohim brought Jehovah out of Egypt
- Jehovah has the strength of a unicorn
- Remember, this was already mentioned regarding Jehovah
- Thus, it CAN NOT be referring to Isaac or Jacob
- The verse ends back to 1st person when Balaam speaks to Isaac and Jacob saying “those who bless thee are blessed, etc.
- My conclusion confirmed by verse: the seed referred to in 24:7 is the seed of Jehovah: the Israelites who descend from Sara being *visited* by Jehovah
So Balaam’s vision tells him the Israelites are to be blessed, and this angers King Balak because he wanted them to be cursed, and apparently, in each of the 3 divinations, Balaam put a blessing on Israel.
Remember: Who ever blesses Israel will be blessed. Balaam blessed them three times. Will this rule stand?
Balak was hoping to heap great honor upon Balaam for cursing the Israelites, however:
24:13 – If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of Jehovah, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what Jehovah saith, that will I speak?
Notice in verse 13 Balaam clearly knows Jehovah, and calls him by his usual name Yaweh.
Balaam’s Proverb for Balak
Before Balaam returns to his people he offers a vision to Balak. Notice the usage of the three names/titles mentioned in previous verse. Three different entities? Or all the same?
24:16 – He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open (KJV)
Here’s the same verse using Hebrew Interlinear:
24:16 – He hath said, which heard the words of *El*, and knew the knowledge of El*Yon, which saw the vision of Sad*day…
So Balaam has attributed three different characteristics to each name:
- El – words
- El*Yon – knowledge
- Sad*day – visions
Notice no mention of Yaweh/Jehovah. People argue they are one in the same. I conclude otherwise.
He explains to Balak how Israel will dominate the various peoples in the land: Moab, children of Sheth, Edom, Seir, how Amalek was destroyed forever, the Kenites will be carried away by Asshur.
24:23 – And he toook up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when *El* doeth this?
Ships from the coast of Kittim will come, afflict Asshur and Eber, and he (one of them?) will perish forever.
So who is Balaam referring to when he speaks of *el*? Remember, *el* is singular. Is he speaking of a different deity other than Jehovah? If not, why not just use Jehovah, as he did in verse 13?
Is there another force behind Jehovah, that gives him his power to be “strong like a unicorn”? Is this deity *El* that Balaam refers to?
The deities listed so far, for reference:
- Elohim – gods (plural)
- Jehovah/Yaweh – The LORD (singular)
- El*yon – most High (singular)
- Sad*day – Almighty (singular)
- El – god (singular)
More questions that require rewinding back to Genesis:
- Who is Sheth?
- Is this the same Seth, 3rd child of Adam and Eve?
- When did Seth’s bloodline go wrong?
- How did Seth’s bloodline live on after Noah’s flood?
- Who is Seir?
- Seir was a Horite
- Later references refer to Seir as a “land”
- Who is Asshur?
- Second son of Shem, Noah’s son
- Thought to be named for Assyria, responsible for building Ninevah
- Note that in some cases, Asshur was considered “a god”
- Where is Kittim?
- Thought to be an island or set of islands
- Possibly current day Cypress
- Who is Eber?
- Great great grandson of Shem
- Father of Terah, Abraham’s father
Looking at the genealogy of Eber, despite him being the grandfather of Abraham, that lineage is not part of the covenant and those people are visioned to perish forever.
This reminds me, just how did Abram end up in Ur of Chaldee, Babylon? Maybe a look back at that part in Genesis is necessary.