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Balak
2013
 


B.
Scott
6/22/13
 


Balak/”Devastator”,
covering
Numbers
22:2‐25:9,
is
one
of
the
few
portions
where
we
see
 the
focus
being
taken
off
of
Israel,
its
not
narrated
from
their
viewpoint,
but
instead
it
 focuses
on
the
enemies
of
Israel
(King
Balak
and
his
hired
prophet
Balaam)
and
their
 attempt
to
destroy
the
covenant
people!

Yet
the
purpose
of
this
encounter
can
be
easily
 missed
unless
we
look
a
little
further.

Israel
is
camped
in
the
“plains
of
Moab”
(Numbers
 22:1),
this
area
happens
to
be
the
final
location
listed
of
the
Exodus
journey,
the
42nd
stop!

 Its
also
interesting
to
note
that
this
is
the
40th
portion
of
the
year,
40
=
testing,
trials,
 probation,
and
chastisement
of
sons
and
covenant
people
(not
enemies).

Could
it
be
that
 Yahweh
is
actually
using
Balak
and
this
encounter
to
test
His
covenant
people,
to
inspect
 the
hearts
to
see
if
they’re
prepared
to
cross
the
Jordan
into
the
land?
 
 Numbers
22:1‐3


 Plains:

Strong’s
#6160
‘arabah
‫ ערבה‬desert
plain,
steppe,
desert,
wilderness;
an
arid,
 sterile
region
(implying
one
unable
to
produce
seed/bring
forth
fruit);
gematria
=
277,
 same
as
the
phrase
hara’ab
‫ הרעב‬the
famine
&
the
same
value
as
zera’
(#2233)
‫ זרע‬seed,
 sowing,
offspring;
they’ve
come
to
a
sterile
place
where
there
is
a
famine
of
the
seed/Word!
 *Previously
the
description
of
the
wilderness
has
been
midbar
(#4057)
‫מדבר‬ wilderness,
mouth;
the
mouth
where
the
Word/Dabar/seed
is
spoken
forth!
 Seems
to
be
a
shadow
picture
of
Amos
8:11
–
“Behold,
the
days
come,
saith
the
Adonai
 Yahweh,
that
I
will
send
a
famine
in
the
land,
not
a
famine
of
bread,
nor
a
thirst
for
water,
 but
of
hearing
the
words
of
Yahweh:”
–
this
is
referring
to
a
famine
that
would
come
upon
 the
earth
in
the
end
days,
this
portion
then
becomes
quite
insightful
for
you
and
I
to
 understand
how
this
famine
will
test
us
and
how
to
survive
it!
 
 Moab:

Strong’s
#4124
Mow’ab
‫ מואב‬of
his
father,
water/seed
of
a
father;
Moab
was
the
 son
produced
via
the
incestuous
relationship
between
Lot
and
his
oldest
daughter;

 Lot:
#3876
Lowt
‫ לוט‬covering,
a
veil,
infers
the
covering
of
the
flesh
(that
which
must
be
 circumcised);
so
Moab
represents
the
corrupted
seed
that’s
produced
from
the
flesh;
hence
 the
reason
this
has
become
a
sterile
region,
they’ve
chosen
to
foment
the
corrupted
seed
of
 their
flesh
instead
of
choosing
to
shema’
the
Dabar
that
speaks
forth
from
the
mouth
of
 Yahweh!
 *Genesis
19:32
–
“Come,
let
us
make
our
father
drink
wine,
and
we
will
lie
with
him,
 that
we
may
preserve
seed/zera’
of
our
father.”
 Preserve:
#2421
chayah
‫ חיה‬to
live,
have
life,
to
remain
alive,
to
be
sustained
or
 revived
→
they
needed
the
seed
to
stay
alive
and
be
sustained…the
same
idea
and
 word
pair
is
used
in
connection
to
surviving
a
famine
as
well
–
Gen.
47:19
–
“…and
 give
[us]
seed/zera’,
that
we
may
live/chayah,
and
not
die,
that
the
land
be
not
 desolate.”


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Before
Israel
ever
encounters
Balak,
the
test
is
already
being
set
up!

By
camping
in
the
 plains
of
Moab,
they’ve
now
entered
into
a
sterile/desolate
place,
literally
they’ve
entered
 into
the
famine
(spiritually
there
is
an
absence
of
the
Dabar/Seed).

In
order
to
survive
the
 famine
they
must
have
something
to
sustain
them,
they
must
have
zera’/seed
or
else
they
 die.

The
only
source
available
here
is
a
corrupted
zera’/word
that’s
produced
from
the
 flesh!


 
 Yet
Israel
has
just
come
out
of
the
midbar,
where
the
mouth
of
Yahweh
has
spoken.

So
the
 test,
before
they
cross
the
Jordan
River
into
the
land,
is
about
proving
whether
the
 Dabar/Word
of
Yahweh
has
been
stored
within
them
(therefore
allowing
them
to
be
 sustained
in
the
midst
of
the
famine)
or
whether
they’ve
neglected
to
make
the
proper
 preparations
and
therefore
will
succumb
in
their
time
of
need
to
the
compromised
version
 offered
by
the
enemy
that
will
actually
cause
them
to
be
made
desolate
as
well!
 
 Numbers
33:49
–
“And
they
pitched
by
Jordan,
from
Bethjesimoth
[even]
unto
Abelshittim
 in
the
plains
of
Moab.”


 Bethjesimoth:

Strong’s
#1020
Beyth
ha‐Yeshiymowth
‫ בית הישימות‬house
of
desolation;
 from
#3456
yasham
‫ ישם‬to
ruin,
be
desolate;
the
term
is
used
to
describe
people
affected
 by
famine
who
are
afraid
that
the
land
would
be
made
to
lie
waste/desolate
(same
term
 used
in
Gen.
47:19)

 
 Abelshittim:

Strong’s
#63
‘Abel
hash‐Shittiym
‫ אבל השטים‬meadow
of
acacias
 *‘Abel
is
from
#58
‘abel
‫ אבל‬meadow,
to
grow
green,
to
withstand
(the
opposite
of
famine);
 cognate
of
#57,
#56,
&
#60
which
all
deal
with
the
idea
of
mourning,
sorrow,
a
period
of
 mourning
 *Shittiym
is
from
#7848
shittah
‫ שטה‬acacia
tree
or
wood
(it
was
the
wood
used
for
the
 Tabernacle
and
its
furnishings);
cognate
of
#7847
satah/sotah
‫ שטה‬to
turn
aside,
go
aside,
 to
decline,
it’s
the
term
used
for
a
woman
who
commits
adultery!
 →While
in
the
midst
of
the
famine,
while
there’s
the
potential
for
the
house
to
be
 made
desolate,
if
Israel
will
stay
in
the
Tabernacle/intimate
place
then
they’ll
be
 able
to
withstand,
they’ll
produce
in
the
midst
of
the
famine;
yet
if
they
turn
aside
as
 the
sotah/adulteress
woman
(leaving
the
tabernacle)
then
they’ll
mourn
and
 experience
the
loss
and
desolation
that
the
famine
brings!
 
 Now
with
this
understanding
established,
let’s
take
a
look
at
Balak
&
Balaam!
 Balak:

Strong’s
#1111
Balaq
‫ בלק‬devastator;
from
#1110
balaq
‫ בלק‬to
waste,
lay
waste,
 devastate,
to
make
empty
or
void;
imitating
the
sound
of
a
bottle
emptied
out
 
 *‫
= בל‬2
letter
root
means
“to
flow”,
a
flowing
or
mixing
of
a
liquid
 
 ‫
= לק‬to
lick,
to
lap
up,
to
smack
the
lips
 The
idea
conveyed
in
his
name
is
that
of
drinking/licking
up
a
mixture
that’s
flowing
and
 being
emptied
out;
and
whatever
this
mixture
is
brings
devastation
and
lays
waste.
 


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Zippor:

Strong’s
#6834
Tsippowr
‫ צפור‬sparrow;
shares
the
same
root
as
#6856
tsipporen
 ‫ צפרן‬stylus
point,
engraving
pen,
a
writing
instrument;
in
Jeremiah
17:1
it
describes
the
 pen
that
writes
the
sins
of
his
people.
 *By
connecting
these
names
we
have
the
idea
of
a
liquid/water
and
now
sins
that
 are
written.

What
does
that
sound
like?

The
bitter
waters
of
jealousy
in
Numbers
5!

 Numbers
5:23
–
“And
the
priest
shall
write
these
curses
in
a
book,
and
he
shall
blot
 [them]
out
with
the
bitter
water:”
 
 Balak
represents
the
tool
used
by
Yahweh
to
administer
the
bitter
waters!

He
will
cause
 Israel
to
lap
up/lick/swallow
the
waters
that
will
mingle
with
whatever
words
that
have
 been
etched/engraved/written!

This
is
the
significance
of
their
now
camping
in
a
place
 known
for
being
“sterile”,
because
upon
drinking
the
bitter
waters
if
the
woman
was
 innocent
she
would
conceive/bear
fruit
(cease
to
be
sterile)!

Yet
if
guilty
her
belly
swells
 and
thigh
rots
out
(referring
to
the
loins)
 Rot:

Strong’s
#5307
naphal
‫ נפל‬to
fall,
to
lie,
to
be
cast
down,
to
fail;
in
Chaldee
this
 term
is
used
specifically
of
an
abortion!

The
womb
of
the
adulteress
would
reject
 the
seed/abort
it
–
leaving
her
sterile
(just
like
this
location
of
the
plains
of
Moab)!

 Naphal
is
also
the
root
of
the
term
nephilim
(#5303)
‫ נפיל‬giants,
offspring
of
the
 fallen
ones
→
by
rejecting/aborting
the
Word
of
Yahweh
(His
seed)
it
opens
one
up
 to
entertaining
the
seed
of
the
nephilim/fallen
ones!
 *This
is
why
abortion
is
a
serious
issue
in
this
country,
it
starts
first
spiritually;
the
vast
 majority
chose
to
abort
the
seed/Word
of
Yahweh
and
now
it
has
become
manifested
in
the
 physical
as
well
with
an
entire
generation
now
being
cast
down/aborted,
as
well
as
the
 fomenting
and
preparation
of
the
arrival
of
the
nephilim
who
society
is
being
prepared
to
 exalt
and
worship!



 
 Israel
has
just
been
wandering
around
in
the
midbar/wilderness
(where
the
DABAR/Word
 is
spoken
forth
from
the
mouth).

In
other
words,
this
test/trial
is
Yahweh
now
testing
the
 heart
of
Israel
to
see
what’s
been
engraved/written.

When
Balak
pours
out
his
water,
it
 will
mingle
with
the
written
words.

So
if
they’ve
allowed
the
dabar
to
be
written
on
their
 hearts,
no
worries
–
they’ll
produce
fruit
in
a
place
that’s
been
sterile,
they’ll
withstand
the
 famine.

Yet
if
they
have
refused
the
dabar
to
be
written
within,
then
the
waters
will
be
 bitter
and
they’ll
be
made
desolate,
exposed
as
having
turned
away
from
the
 Tabernacle/intimate
place.

It’s
a
test
to
expose
the
heart
before
they
enter
into
the
land!
 
 Ezekiel
18:31,
32
–
“Cast
away
from
you
all
your
transgressions,
whereby
ye
have
 transgressed;
and
make
you
a
new
heart
and
a
new
spirit:
for
why
will
ye
die,
O
house
of
 Israel?
For
I
have
no
pleasure
in
the
death
of
him
that
dieth,
saith
the
Adonai
Yahweh:
 wherefore
turn
[yourselves],
and
live
ye.”
 
 Balaam:

Strong’s
#1109
Bil’am
‫ בלעם‬not
of
the
people;
3
letter
root
forms
#1102
balam
 ‫ בלם‬to
curb,
hold
in,
restrain,
to
bind
together,
shut
fast
(like
a
muzzle);
used
in
Psalms
 32:9
–
“Be
ye
not
as
the
horse,
or
the
mule,
which
have
no
understanding:
whose
mouth
 must
be
held/balam
in
with
bit
and
bridle,
lest
they
come
near
unto
thee.”


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 Beor:

Strong’s
#1160
Be’owr
‫ בעור‬burning;
‫
= ב‬in,
to
enter,
within
&
‫‘
= עור‬owr
(#5785)
 skin,
hide;
same
term
is
used
to
refer
to
the
covering
first
given
to
Adam
and
Eve
after
their
 sin,
they’re
covered
by
Yahweh
with
coats
of
skins/’owr
,
it
now
became
the
barrier,
hedge
 of
protection
around
His
bride
that
would
keep
her
from
being
exposed
and
 compromised→
One
not
of
the
people
(Balaam)
would
seek
to
enter/cross
the
barrier
of
 blood
(‘owr)
in
order
to
plant
a
perverted
seed
(Moab)
within
the
Bride
causing
her
to
be
 laid
waste
by
the
bitter
waters
(Balak)!
 →From
#1197
ba’ar
‫ בער‬1)
to
burn,
consume,
kindle,
be
kindled
2)
to
be
stupid,
 brutish,
barbarous,
dull
hearted,
and
unreceptive;
those
same
letters
rearranged
 also
form
#7458
ra’ab
‫ רעב‬famine,
hunger
&
also
#5676
‘eber
‫ עבר‬one
who
has
 crossed
over,
root
of
the
term
Hebrew
 
 *The
purpose
of
the
famine
(ra’ab),
is
that
in
the
midst
of
it
there’s
an
exposing
of
those
 who
are
unreceptive
and
dull
hearted
towards
the
word
of
Yahweh,
instead
choosing
to
be
 consumed
by
their
flesh
compared
to
those
that
will
cross
over,
the
Hebrew,
one
who
is
 able,
ready,
and
willing
to
cross
the
Jordan
(the
River
of
judgment)!
 
 Balaam
was
from
a
place
called
Pethor:

Strong’s
#6604
Pethowr
‫ פתור‬soothsayer,
 interpreter
of
dreams
 *Who
else
was
known
as
an
interpreter
of
dreams
and
is
connected
with
being
in
the
midst
 of
a
famine??
 
 One
of
the
most
powerful
shadow
pictures
given
in
the
Scriptures
of
a
famine
is
found
in
 the
days
of
Joseph,
the
7‐year
famine;
and
Joseph
was
known
as
one
given
the
ability
by
 Yahweh
to
interpret
dreams
and
have
prophetical
dreams!

Joseph,
however,
is
able
to
 survive
the
famine
saving
not
only
himself
but
also
his
entire
household
as
well
becoming
a
 source
for
the
rest
of
the
world
(both
spiritually
and
physically).
 
 Joseph:

Strong’s
#3130
‫ יוסף‬YHVH
has
added,
increaser,
doubler,
the
end
of
his
name
 (caph)
‫ סף‬#5592
threshold,
doorkeeper
(from
root
meaning
to
stand
at
or
guard
the
 threshold)
→
In
Exodus
12
they
are
told
to
put
the
blood
of
the
lamb
upon
the
lintel
and
 side
posts
of
the
doors
(the
blood
becomes
the
doorkeeper
guarding
the
house
against
the
 plague
of
the
death
angel).
 *Remember
the
‘owr/coats
of
skin
that
was
well
represented
the
barrier/the
threshold;
 and
its
this
barrier
that
the
enemy
seeks
to
compromise
and
to
cross.
 →The
term
famine/ra’ab
‫ רעב‬upon
the
end
has
the
word
‘ab
‫( עב‬#5646)
an
 architectural
term
meaning
a
threshold,
from
an
unused
root
meaning
to
cover
→
 the
famine
will
cause
a
distinction
to
be
made
between
those
who
have
the
blood
 
 4


*Inserted
into
the
middle
of
his
name
is
the
letter
‫
= ע‬to
perceive,
to
understand,
to
 see,
and
to
obey;
also
is
a
picture
of
a
womb
→
this
is
what
Balaam
would
seek
to
 restrain,
curb,
hold
in/bind
–
Israel’s
ability
to
perceive,
understand,
and
obey
the
 Words
of
Yahweh,
therefore
causing
their
womb
to
be
shut
off
from
His
seed,
 making
them
a
nation
void
of
understanding!


covering
guarding
their
threshold
and
those
who
do
not
–
it
will
expose
those
who
 have
allowed
the
perverted
seed
to
be
housed
within
them
because
they’ve
failed
to
 guard
the
threshold!
 
 This
is
the
reason
Joseph
is
able
to
be
prospered,
be
increased
and
doubled
in
the
midst
of
 the
famine!

He
was
not
compromised
spiritually,
but
remained
a
vessel
of
the
Dabar
of
 Yahweh,
he
stood
guard
as
the
doorkeeper,
therefore
in
the
midst
of
the
famine
he
had
no
 need
of
the
compromised
zera’/seed
to
be
sustained!
 
 Jeremiah
31:33
–
“But
this
[shall
be]
the
covenant
that
I
will
make
with
the
house
of
Israel;
 After
those
days,
saith
Yahweh,
I
will
put
my
law
in
their
inward
parts,
and
write
it
in
their
 hearts;
and
will
be
their
Elohim,
and
they
shall
be
my
people.”


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