Giving Honor
For Parashat Balak
By Messianic Torah 7-7-2012

Balak (Num 22:2-25:9 Haftarah Mi 5:6-6:8) is the 7th parashat in the book of Bamidbar also called Numbers, and is called Balak which means ‘Who Lays Waste’. In this week’s parashat:

– Balak King of Moav feared Yisra’el and sent for Bil’am to curse them
– Bil’am told his men to wait and he asked YHWH who told him not to go and not to curse them
– Balak sent again to Bil’am more honorable men but Bil’am said he cannot go beyond the word of YHWH
– Bil’am asked YHWH again and He said if the men call to you, go with them
– Bil’am went with the men though they didn’t call him and YHWH was angered
– The donkey saw the angel and sword in the way and turned and Bil’am smote him
– The angel stood in the vineyard and the donkey thrust Bil’am into the wall and he smote the donkey
– The angel stood in the narrow place and the donkey fell down and Bil’am smote him
– YHWH opened the mouth of the donkey and he asked why Bil’am smote him and YHWH showed Bilam the angel
– The angel said if it wasn’t for the donkey he would have smote him
– Bil’am asked if the angel wanted him to go back and he said no but speak the word I give you
– Balak aksed why Bil’am didn’t come and Bil’am said he cannot do anything but what YHWH tells him
– Balak took Bil’am to the high places and Bil’am had him build 7 altars and sacrifice on them
– Bil’am spoke to Elohim and then told Balak he cannot curse who Elohim does not curse and he blessed Yisra’el
– Balak asked why he didn’t curse them and Bil’am said he can only speak what YHWH tells him
– Balak took him to another high place to curse them and Bil’am had him build 7 altars and sacrifice in them
– Bilam spoke to YHWH and blessed Yisra’el again
– Balak told Bil’am not to curse or bless them but Bil’am said he can only speak what YHWH tells him
– Balak took him to another high place to curse Yisra’el and Bil’am had him build 7 altars and sacrifice on them
– The spirit of Elohim came upon Bil’am and he blessed Yisra’el again
– Balak was angry saying he was going to promote Bil’am to honor but YHWH has kept him from it
– Bil’am told Balak what will happen to his people in the latter days
– Yisra’el joined with the daughters of Moav and worshipped their elohim and YHWH was angered
– YHWH told Moshe to slay all those who worshipped Ba’al-Pe’or
– Pinchas slew the man who had the Midyanite woman and her and the plague was stopped
– Haftarah – YHWH shall cleanse and restore His people and they must turn to Him with their whole heart