No Cursing

Numbers 23-25

Balaam responds to King Balak. ”But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the Lord has not condemned?” Numbers 23:8 NLT Seems logical.

But the king isn’t about logic, actually he gets very defensive. “…What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!’ But Balaam replied, ‘I will speak only the message that the Lord puts in my mouth.’” Numbers‬ ‭23‬:‭11‬-‭12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Notice the pushback when Balaam doesn’t go against God? The king explodes. “‘Fine, but if you won’t curse them, at least don’t bless them!’ But Balaam replied to Balak, ‘Didn’t I tell you that I can do only what the Lord tells me?’“ Numbers‬ ‭23‬:‭25-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

But just like a classic manipulator the king tries bartering for another opportunity to change Balaam’s mind. ”…Come, I will take you to one more place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them from there.” Numbers‬ ‭23‬:‭27‬ ‭NLT‬‬ He doesn’t give up, does he? 😜

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