- Revelation (thank you Jews for the foundation of individual rights and Western Civ),
- Reason (thank you Greeks, you logically consistent thinkers), and
- Reality (thank you Romans, you consummate pragmatists).
The cons outweigh the “pros.”
- Oracle 1: Seed promise (23:10)
- Oracle 2: Land promise (23:24-25)
- Oracle 3: Blessing promise (24:9)
Observations: 22:8, 18 Balaam communicates with Yahweh, whom he calls “my God”. He feared God, submitted to Him, and received revelation from Him. On the other hand, Joshua 13:22 calls him a soothsayer, a prohibited occupation.
15 He took up his parable, and said, "Balaam the son of Beor says...17 "I see Him, but not now; I see Him, but not near: There shall come forth a Star out of Jacob, A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, Shall strike through the corners of Moab, Break down all the sons of tumult. 18 Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession, [who were] his enemies; While Israel does valiantly. 19 Out of Jacob shall One have dominion..."" 25 Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place; and Balak also went his way.
Praying in the Garden