This post is written by my dad who died in May 2018 at the age of 85. My dad was a preacher and Bible teacher. Unfortunately, he did not write much. He was more of a speaker. However, I do have several short meditations he wrote. One I shared in the past: Why did Christ wear a crown of thorns at Calvary?
The one I share now is about seeing Christ in the prophecies of Balaam in Numbers.
MEDITATIONS FROM THE BOOK (#3) by R. B. Spicer
As the people of Israel traveled from Egypt to Canaan a prophet called Balaam was hired by Balak to prophesy against them, but the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth and warned him against pronouncing a curse on Israel. Balaam gave several prophecies regarding Israel. In Numbers 23:21 he said the Lord his God is with him, referring to Israel, and the shout of a king is among them.
Who was this king that traveled with Israel on their journey to the land?
Israel would not begin the rule of their kings until 500 years later, but God said there was a king with them at this point in time. Balaam, in this prophecy, said that iniquity or sin could not be seen in Jacob, nor perverseness in Israel for the Lord his God was with Israel and the shout of a king is among them.
Balaam’s further prophecies about Israel in Numbers 24:7,17 and 19 – where he refers to an exalted kingdom, a star out of Jacob, a scepter out of Israel, and saying that he shall have dominion – can all be applied to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This king that traveled with them to the land had to be the Lord Jesus Christ, for God was viewing the nation of Israel through the only One who could make them appear sinless. This king who traveled with them would, some 1500 years later, deal with the problem of sin at the cross of Calvary. On the basis of the coming work of the King at the cross, Israel could be viewed without sin.
Only those, however, whoever they might be, who trust in the death of Christ and accept the work He performed on the cross as payment for sin’s penalty, will be viewed by God as sinless in His sight and gain an entrance into heaven.
More about Jesus in the Old Testament HERE.
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