Numbers 22:8-9 The Are Others

Numbers 22:8-9 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

Isn’t it interesting that the True and Living God spoke to Balaam though the Bible makes it abundantly clear that he had no association with the Jews or their history?

The location of Balaam’s residence is a subject of some discussion though most agree it was along the Euphrates River. If he was from Mesopotamia his roots would be similar to those of Abraham or of Job.

The point I want to make in this walk with God is that Israel was not alone. There were others, maybe not as doctrinally sound, maybe needing to have the way of God more clearly explained, but nevertheless believers in the same God and hearing from Him too.

When we find ourselves alone, wounded, frightened, we often see through blinders. The resulting tunnel vision obscures from our sight others of like faith.

  • Elijah faced a day like that
  • Elisha’s servant did too

It is only through faith that we are able to see beyond our own blindfold to the others who hear from the very same God.


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Numbers 22:8-9 The Are Others

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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