The prophet Bilam (Balaam) is not an isolated individual, an anomaly in Scripture. He was not the first or last emissary to the Gentiles. God did not leave them without guidance. Bilam is a foreshadowing of the ministry of Saul of Tarsus, aka the apostle Paul, whose experience on the road to Damascus echoes the account in the Torah reading בָּלָק Balak of Bilam’s experience with a “recalcitrant” she-donkey.
Two key themes in Luke 19:29-44 are the arrival of Yeshua (Jesus) into Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) on a donkey and the responsive public cry, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38; quoted from Psa. 118:26).