Bible study 140 – Numbers 23

STEP OUTLINE FOR THE PROPOSED FILM “ADVENTURES OF BALAAM THE SEER
PART 2 OF 3
BY (blanked out)
Editor’s comments: Too little action, too repetitive. Cut down on the long speeches.

SCENE 1: MOUNT BAMOTH-BAAL, MOAB
Balak builds seven altars for Balaam, and sacrifices a bull and a ram on each. He goes away to talk to God, comes back, and tells a c. 100 word poem about how he cannot curse the Israelites. Balak is angry at him for blessing the Israelites, when the whole reason he came was to curse them. Balaam says he just does as God commands.
Wait a second, did Balaam just tell Balak that he follows the orders of Yahweh, the god of the Israelites? Obviously the Israelites’ god will never ask him to curse his own people, so shouldn’t this make Balak even more enraged? Also, I’m concerned about the animal sacrifices; are the depictions supposed to be explicit? What audience are we targeting here?

SCENE 2: MOUNT PISGAH, MOAB
Balak takes Balaam to a new place, from where they can see fewer Israelites. They make new altars and sacrifices, and Balaam talks to God. Another c.100 word poem about how God doesn’t deceive or change his mind, This would be more convincing if God hadn’t just deceived and changed his mind in the previous part. and how he protects the Israelites. Balak is distressed.

END OF PART 2
I see some potential here, but Balak’s actions just aren’t convincing. Why doesn’t he get rid of Balaam once he learns he is a follower of the Israelites’s protective god?

Numbers 23:19
God is not a human being, that he should
lie,
or a mortal, that he should change his
mind.

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