Balak was the king of Moab and he was watching as his neighbors were being defeated by the Israelites. He got worried so he sent for Balaam who was known to be powerful with God. Balak wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites so that they would be easier to defeat. Balak sent some of his men to offer Balaam rewards to do this. Balaam sought God and told the men he couldn’t come do that.
When the men returned, Balak was disappointed so he sent some more men to go to offer Balaam even more. Balaam told them that it didn’t matter how much they offered he had to do what God said. So Balaam sought the Lord and this time He said Balaam could go, but Balaam had to say what God had for him to say.
Balaam got on his donkey and started toward Moab. Three different times the donkey misbehaved on the journey. He turned off into a field, he crushed Balaam’s leg against a wall, and finally he just laid down in the road! Each time Balaam hit the donkey to get him going again. But what Balaam didn’t realize was that the donkey was turning away from the Angel of the Lord in the road with a sword!! The third time Balaam hit the donkey, the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth and let him speak to Balaam!! The donkey basically asked Balaam of he had ever been a problem before and Balaam said no. Then Balaam suddenly saw the Angel. Balaam was then frightened and offered to turn back. The Angel told him not to but to only speak what the Lord said. The Angel was a warning in case Balaam was tempted by the money offered.
When Balaam reached Balak, he told Balak that he had to speak what God said. So the next day they went to where they could see the Israelites. Balaam had Balak build 7 altars and make sacrifices on each. Then he consulted the Lord. When Balaam returns he not only doesn’t curse Israel, he proclaims a blessing over them. Balak had Balaam try at 2 other places where they could see the people of Israel and they built altars and offered sacrificed at both of these places. Balaam tells Balak that it is not possible to curse what God has blessed. He then proclaims a prophetic blessing on the future of Israel. Balak was very upset because if the Israelites are blessed then by default he will have suffering. But Balaam reminds Balak the he had always warned that he could only say what God wanted.
But what does this have to do with us? The Israelites were God’s chosen people that He had blessed. He protected them. When we accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to be our Savior, we become a chosen one of God! That means no one can cause harm to us that God does not allow! We are protected just like the Israelites.
You will need a Ziploc bag, a photo of your child, several messy items (honey, chocolate sauce, syrup, pudding, etc.)
Take the photo and seal it in the bag. Then let the kids cover the bag in the messy stuff (do this in a sink or outside). Then carefully open the bag and show them the clean picture. The bag is like God’s protection on our lives!