This is a difficult story. Before tackling it, it will probably be helpful to read 2 Pet. 2:15, 16; Jude 11; Num. 31:16 and Rev. 2:14, which give a clue as to Balaam’s true character and motives.
- Balaam’s influence and relationship to God are interesting. Think about them.
Consider also Moab’s fear in the face of Israel’s advance.
What does this show concerning the ways in which God works?
- What was the ‘chink’ in Balaam’s armour?
Why did his ‘guidance’ seem all confused after that? Contrast verse 12 with verses 20, 22, 32, 35.
What ought we to learn from his failure?
Do you think Rom. 14:22b, 23 and 1 Tim. 6:9, 10 give us a similar warning?