The country of Moab feared the Israelites because they appeared to cover the earth, though they shouldn't have been because they were the family of Lot and God had given them the land they were in. Men were sent to find a prophet to curse Israel, and they found Balaam and attempted to hire him. Balaam told them he had to ask God and waited for an answer in his sleep through a dream. God told Balaam not to go with them and not to curse Israel. That should have been the end, but either curiosity or the hopefulness of earning good money kept him associating with these men. Israel had not yet entered the Promised Land; they were still wondering; however, they were camped near Jericho by the Jordan River, so it was getting close. God had given him the answer, but in his temptation to receive payment for his services, God gave him over to his desire and allowed him to go with these men. That's when things get exciting, and the story takes an unusual turn, but we will touch on that tomorrow.
It's funny that this has come up now because of the turmoil going on right now with Israel. God forbade Balaam from cursing the people of Israel. We do not have a complete picture of what is going on in the Middle East and should refrain from making a judgment. Who is causing the havoc of war? Do we really know? I expect that it's the same people who have been stirring things up since before Covid. The nefarious are to blame for trying to destroy the people of the world, and these current events are a part of it. Do not believe the mainstream media; it is propaganda. They show you only what they think will be titillating. Stand firm in your commitment to Jesus; don't fall for the lies; take sides with God; love him and love people. We, as God's people, are blessed. I pity those who come against us; they will get everything they deserve!
And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed. Numbers 22:12