Balak – Echoes Through Scripture

Torah Portion Balak

Numbers 22:2 - 25:9

This year we will be going through the Torah portion cycle looking for themes which occur in each Torah portion that recurs throughout the rest of Scripture with a special focus on connecting them to the Apostolic Writings (New Testament).

In Balak, we will look at the verses in the Apostolic Scriptures that reference Balaam. The doctrine of Balaam is one of division; Israel cannot be defeated from the outside, and so the Enemy seeks to cause internal division and discord in order to destroy us. Yeshua taught that the only way for the world to believe that he was sent by the Father is for us to be one. Which way will we choose?


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8 comments

  1. Great teaching!!! So much here to absorb and then follow! Keep repeating this message!!!!

  2. Dustin and melissa deacon

    Why would Yah let Balaam hear from him of he knew he would give into greed and try and curse Isreal? It seems Yah said yes then no.

  3. Great lesson about UNITY! from Parsha Balak…. thanks Ryan…. (is that oil I see dripping from your beard? ha)

  4. On the sin (purification?) sacrifices again…. how could a believer bring a sacrifice when they lived too far away? This does seem to come up with some regularity and I thought I had heard it said that, in so many cases, they could not bring that sacrifice. So what happened then?

    btw, Loving the donkey picture …

    • chava, (Deu 14:24 JPS)  And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it, because the place is too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set His name there, when the LORD thy God shall bless thee;
      (Deu 14:25 JPS)  then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thy hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose.
      Also (Deu 12:21 JPS)  If the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to put His name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat within thy gates, after all the desire of thy soul.

    • Check out the series Restoring Honor and Removing Shame According to the Temple Service. I answer that exact question in depth. They cannot bring a sacrifice but they still have to do Teshuvah which is what the sacrifice is teaching. They have to not only ask for forgiveness but to make restitution for the problems caused by their sins.

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