Numbers 24: Balaam sees Messiah’s not-yet coming

The cryptic lines of Balaam’s reluctant blessing of Israel contains pictures of what Israel should expect in its Messiah.

Thought questions

What is the purpose of Baalam’s message to Balak?

What was the difference between the two oracles of Numbers 23? What is the significance of Baalam’s eyes and ears being opened in the oracles in Numbers 24?

What did Baalam see and hear?

What is meant by a wide valley in Num. 24:6?

What is the prophesy in “his seed will be many waters”?

What time period did Baalam see with Agag being deposed?

Which king of Israel came out of Egypt?

Who does Baalam see but is not yet in Num. 24:17?

When the Magi saw the star move what direction did the star move?

Did Yeshua’s first coming subdue Moab? When are Edom and Seir mentioned? How does this related to the prophecy of they younger ruling over the older?

Joshua 3–4

Teacher: Daniel Agee [contact]
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Parallels between Yehoshua’s movement of Israel across Yordan (Jordan) River into the Promised Land the ministry of Messiah Yeshua past, present & future.

Thought questions

  • What things in chapters 3 and 4 that connect to the Messiah?
    • Entering promised land and the 10th day of the first month.
    • v. 2 — At the end of the third day, they were told to get ready for the fourth day–crossing?
    • 31/2 days — Joshua rose early on first day; marshals show up end of 3 days
    • v. 3 — Anything ark moves, 6 tribes in front, 6 in back but this time, the ark leads, why?
    • v. 3 — tells us the people were to remain 2ooo cubits away from the ark. 1 cubit is the span of a man’s arm from elbow to fingertip. Why is this counting of man? How many years after this generation died to when anyone to follow Messiah?
    • Why are all these things symbolic of Messiah?
  • v. 7 — Why does God say he will "exalt you"?
  • What did Yehoshua say who did this?
    • What did Messiah say His job was in relation to God?
  • v. 8 — What happened when all Israel crossed the Red Sea? What is this symbolic of?
  • Has this new generation been baptized?
  • Who is showing the way?
  • v. 9 — How does Yehoshua’s rods "come here and see" mirror Messiah’s words?
  • v. 10 — Who does Messiah’s give glory for His actions?
  • v. 12 — How are the 12 men from the tribes similar to Yeshua’s mission?
  • v. 14 — How does leaving tents to go into the promise land parallel where Messiah is taking us?
  • v. 16 — What were the massive columns of water?
  • What is the Dead Sea symbolic of in prophesy of Ezekiel’s Temple? (dead sea=man=nations)
  • v 14-15 — How are picking up 12 stones from under the ark in the river similar to the work of Yeshua’s 12 disciples?
  • ch. 4:9 — Why did Yehoshua put stones from the land into the river? How is that symbolic of Israel of nations without a home?
  • How is it prophetic of Israel displacing the Caananites?
    • What is the messsage of the stones swapping for Israel who was only ones to see it?
    • What is the testimony to us today?
  • Numbers 23: Balaam prophesies of Israel and Messiah

    Though he was reluctant to pass it along, Balaam’s prophecy would stretch long into the future of Israel and foretell actions of the Messiah.

    Thought questions

    • What is the significance of the numbers 3 and 7?
      • Seven altars are mentioned three times
    • What was Balak trying to accomplish?
    • How did the goyim (Hebrew for “nations”) know the bull and ram were the offerings?
      • Who was the prophet to the goyim at tht time?
    • What was the connection between Balak’s three attempts to “change God’s mind” and the approach of the goyim to their gods?
    • Where was Israel at the time?
    • What terrified Balak about Israel’s victory over Aram (Num. 23:18 JPS)?
    • What is so prophetic about Balaam’s oracle (Num. 23:18–24)?
      • What does it mean “there is no sorcery against Jacob” and “no divination against Israel”?
      • What is meant in Num. 23:10 “count the dust of Jacob” and “number a one-1oth of Israel”?
      • Why is Jacob first and Israel second?
      • What is the difference, considering dust is a prophetic symbol for the “offspring of Jacob”?
      • When is iniquity no longer found in Jacob? What does Yom haKippurim predict?
      • Does does that bring in no more “divine” action or divination against Jacob and Israel?
      • How does this relate to the Apostle Paul’s statement that “all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26)?
      • How is Num. 23:21 prophetic of the monarchy period of Israel?
        • How is this a prediction of the Messiah.
      • When will Jacob and Israel rise and go to war against goyim as in Num. 23:24?
    • How do we know there were seven princes from Moab?
    • What are the goyim waiting for?
    • Why has God been blessing Israel?
    • Why has God been blessing the United States?

    Joshua 1 — Yehoshua needs courage to fill Moshe’s big shoes

    Moshe (Moses) led God’s people, Israel, out of slavery in Egypt amid mighty events, dealt with continual backbiting and backstabbing from the people in return and taught the people God’s Word. Now, Moshe is dead, and Yehoshua (Joshua), his right-hand man through most of it, is in charge. How does he and God handle the transition? Continue reading Joshua 1 — Yehoshua needs courage to fill Moshe’s big shoes

    Numbers 21: Serpent on a pole, Messiah on a cross

    Yeast is often associated with sin, yet Yeshua haMashiakh (Jesus the Christ) used it in a parable to describe a vital work of Heaven. A serpent is a frequent Bible symbol for haSatan (the Adversary), yet Yeshua connected the Moshe’s bronze serpent on a pole in Numbers 21 with healing from His death on the cross. Let’s get to the naked truth of God’s lesson here.

    Thought questions

    What are the “fiery serpents” in Numbers 21:6?

    How has the relationship between the people and God changed now with Aharon and Miriam dead? (See Numbers 21:1-2, where Israel makes a vow to YHWH. When did Israel make this vow?)

    Why is this account in the Bible if it happened after the encounter with the snakes? How is it similar to having four biographies of Yeshua’s ministry, many with a different order of events and some details?

    Numbers 21:4-5: What was the “miserable bread” Israel had been given for 40 years? WHat was the “bite” of the serpent in Eden in Genesis 3?

    John 3:14-15: What is the connection of the serpent being lifted up and Messiah being lifted up? Who was Messiah audience?

    Genesis 2:25-3:1: Man and Woman were naked and unashamed. The serpent was more “naked” than any animals. How was Messiah “naked” or “exposed” on the cross like the serpent was exposed or vulnerable on the pole? Should the focus be upon the serpent or the pole?

    Numbers 21:14: What is “the Book of the Wars of the LORD”? What does “waheb in suphah” mean?

    Numbers 20: Moses is barred from entering the Land

    It’s often taught that God barred Moshe (Moses) from entering Canaan because he hit the rock to start water flowing, rather than speaking to the rock. Yet it seems Moshe’s rebel yell had more to do with it and fits more with the lesson God had been teaching the people since the Exodus.

    Thoughts questions

    • What is the setting of the chapter?
      • What time of year was it?
      • When during the wanderings of Israel for 40 years was this?
    • What generation was Moshe (Moses) talking to?
    • What was the complaint the people brought?
      • Why did God lead the new generation to a place that was so desolate?
    • What did God want to show them?
    • What, specifically, were the instructions God gave Moshe about getting water from the rock?
      • Hadn’t Moshe used the rod before and struck things with it before, like the Nile River and the ground of Egypt?
    • Was Moshe’s error in striking the rock, based on what he said to the people right before he struck the rock?
      • Who was being tested at the rock of Kadesh?
    • Had Israel ever called themselves “the LORD’s community” (ecclesia in the Greek translation of the Scriptures) before?
      • Why has the wording changed in this chapter to “Israel” rather than “the people”?
    • Why did the people speak to the king of Edom instead of having Moshe talk to him?
    • In what way did Moshe and Aharon (Aaron) not believe the LORD?
      • Why did Moshe call the people “you rebels”?
    • Hadn’t God promised to bring this generation into the land?
    • Why were Aharon’s priestly garments stripped from him?
    • What is the bigger picture of what’s going on?
      • Why did they mourn for 30 days for Aharon?
    • What was the high priest’s function for the people bringing gifts and offerings to God?
    • What does that teach us about Messiah’s function for us when the Accuser assails us?
    • What are the three “weightier matters of the Torah”?
      • What book of the Bible never mentions God but is all about faith in Him?
    • How did Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther live by faith?

    Numbers 19 — The red heifer

    One of the most mysterious passages regarding the sacrifices involved with the sanctuary and temple of Israel is the red heifer. In fact, this teaching in Numbers 19 is intimately connected with the mission of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Continue reading Numbers 19 — The red heifer