From within some of the Jewish sages of the past we read “Balaam, was a prophet to the nations, God in His wisdom, ordained that the gentile nations should have a prophet who would be comparable to Moses- though much inferior to him- so that they would not be able to contend that if only they had had someone could communicate to them the will of god, they would have been righteous as Israel” this is from Ramban on his notes to Deuteronomy 34:10 from Artscroll Stone Edition of the Chumash. Also in Talmudic writings according to Tanchuma; Berachot 7a “Balaam knew the precise hour to invoke God’s anger and used the correct invocation to invite God’s judgment” This seems to be why Balaam had the ability to have somewhat of a direct line to God as we see in this parsha. The problem is not that he can communicate with God, but he does with this special gift at theend. It’s his ungodly desires to uses his God given talents for his own use and purposes to gain for his personal profits this is the problem, that even Balak hires him for a wicked scheme against God’s people. In Deu 23:3-6 Balaam is condemn as a spiritual hireling who sought to corrupt the people of God. The Apostolic writings in 2 Pet 2:15 speaks of “the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing”, Jude 1:11 “Balaam’s error” and Rev 2:14 “the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel”. It’s these characteristics that we should try to avoid and they are of being double minded, antagonistic to the way of truth, unrepentant and defiant, all for selfish interest, with no intention of honoring God.
Second, we will see Balaam attempting to pronounce curses on Israel, but God turning them into blessings. 1 Sam 2:30 …..'Far be it from me! The one who honors me I'll honor, and the one who despises me is to be treated with contempt. It’s in the last reading of Num 24:14-19 that we find “acharit hayamin” (end of days) that gives us a messianic prophecy. “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near. A STAR SHALL RISE out of Jacob and a scepter shall spring up from Israel: and shall strike the chiefs of Moab, and shall waste all the children of Seth.” Num 24:17, according to Rashi “The star is a king, and the scepter is the royal power to overcome opposition and bring everyone under his sway.” This Jewish king will defeat the entire world! Ramban also interprets this passage with references to Messianic times, he states “Messiah is called a “Star”- more likely a shooting star, or meteor- because he will have to flash across heaven, visible to the whole world, as it were, to gather in Jews from the dispersion.” Also from the Ramban in the Mishneh Torah we read “In the story of Bilaam is it spoken of, and there it is prophesied of the two “anointed ones”: the first Mashiach, which is David, who save Israel from its enemies; and the last Mashiach, who shall be of his descendants, who will save Israel in the end. There he says: “I see him, but not now”- this is David; “I behold him, but he is not near”- this is King Mashiach; “There shall shoot forth a star out of Jacob”- This is David; “And a scepter shall rise out of Israel”- this is King Mashiach; “And he shall smite the corners of Moab”- this is David, as it is written (2 Sam 8:2), “And he smote Moab, and he measured them with a line”; “And rule over all the children of Seth”; this is King Mashiach, as it is written (Zec 9:101), “And his dominion shall be from sea to sea”
So the bottom line is that God is always working behind the curtains/scenes sort of speak, at a certain point in time Israel will overcome their enemies (David’s reign), but in the end days Israel will be victorious through King Mashiach, who we know to be Yeshua! May we take heed to God’s counsel in His word and not be like Balaam, but acknowledge and live a life honoring King Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, who brings life to the world, now and forever!