For your angel study today, we have the story of Balaam. This story had been considered a made up one added later to texts. But Balaam was likely a real person with real problems like many of us. He is mentioned as being summoned by Balak, the king. We are taking God at His word. He had to use people as He could until Jesus came, and people received an indwelling of His Spirit. He was a real but a heathen. God did speak by His spirit to him, divination as the heathen called it is much different to the prophetic words given by God
Now how does a heathen become a prophet? The Holy Spirit came upon people in those days, not like being in us now as believers. He believed in God, and made sacrifices, was a bit hypocritical and perhaps greedy. He was supposed curse Israel but could not.
Now the camp was laid out in a pattern, and not many people know that the twelve tribes had aligned their tents just so. So what did he see when he look at the camp but a cross? He could not curse what God had blessed and the people to whom a Messiah was promised. Instead he tells the king to make peace and mingle, that wasn’t the right thing to do either, he would have brought in idolatry. The story is in Numbers 22,23,24.
In short God tells him to do what He says, and he cannot curse Israel to Balak’s dismay, even for money And the donkey, he has hit her three times because she won’t go past the Angel of the Lord, probably Jesus.
Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”
Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.” Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back.” And the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only the word that I tell you. Numbers 22:28-35
Now, if this was indeed Jesus, note He says that He would have killed him and let the donkey lived. I am not attempting to add to anything, but allow you to be killed may be a better translation for we know John 10:10, that Jesus give life and live more abundantly, and He obeys the Father, it is the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Why an apparent discrepancy, it isn’t. God the blame for a lo in those days as His plan of redemption was being revealed, there were occult practices, even using the words oracle. It is just the way people thought they were heathens for the most part. God used discretion to keep them from following the enemy to hell,
Today, is not a lot different, there are still false doctrines and practices and you need to worship in Spirit and truth and ask the Holy Spirit to discern, that said, here is a bad man used by God for good,
God is not man, that He should lie,
or a son of man, that He should change His mind.
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19, the words of a prophet.