A 'Balaam' blessing

This Navy man takes a fresh look at a lesser-known Bible story.

THERE'S A WONDERFULLY instructive Bible story about angels, which I love. It demonstrates the fulfillment of God's promise to each of us—that He will "send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared" (Ex. 23:20).

In the story, the children of Israel had come into the land of Moab in their journey out of Egypt (see Numbers 22 and 23). Balak, the king of Moab, wanted to drive them out of the country and called upon Balaam, the prophet, to curse them. However, God's instructions to Balaam were very different from Balak's: "Thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed."

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