Balaam speaks about the nation of Israel in Numbers 23:23, "For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel, 'Oh, what God has done!”
The same principle is seen in Proverbs 26:2, “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.”
Israel was God’s people and He had blessed them. The LORD taught the priests to put His blessing upon them through their spoken word. He also made a way to atone for their sins if they sinned against God or another. God was for Israel so who could be against them? Moab wouldn’t be able to bring any curse on Israel unless they could get Israel to choose sin and therefore choose death. That brings us to chapter 25, verse 1, “Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab.” There was no amount of money Moab could pay to curse Israel, but when they tempted them to sin, they could cause judgment to come upon them.
NOTE: Not every bad thing that happens to a Christian happens from a curse or a curse they opened themselves up to. It is important to know the power of the blood of Jesus, and His Name, also to know the power of speaking God's word so we will be protected from attacks.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan