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Today’s portion is from Numbers 22:2-25:9 it is called Balak
Balak king of Moab contacts the prophet Balaam to come and curse the Israelites. God comes to Balaam and says: “You must not curse that people, for they are blessed.” Balaam says no to Balak. Balak raises to offer. Balaam refuses but God allows Balaam to go with Balak’s men.

The next morning Balaam takes his donkey and departed, but God placed an angel in his way. The donkey saw the angel, was scared stiff and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall. Balaam beat the donkey three times. God allowed the donkey to speak then God allowed Balaam to see the angel, and Balaam bowed down to the ground. The angel questions Balaam and send him with the men instructing him only to speak what God says.

Balaam and Balak go to Kiriath-huzoth. In the morning, they went up a mountain overlooking the Israelites. They build seven altars, kill some bulls and rams. Then Balaam went off alone. God appeared and tells Balaam He cannot curse what has been blessed.

Balak tries a second mountain and still no curse.
Balak then tries a third mountain and Balaam ends up blessing the Israelites.
Balak fires Balaam for incompetence and Balaam goes home.

Meanwhile the Israelites partied with the Moabite women and worshiped their god Baal-peor, enraging God. God tells Moses to impale the ringleaders. Phinehas son of Eleazar spears one of the couples who were in a tent. 24,000 died as a result of their actions.

And that is Balak in 60 seconds.

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07 July
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Num. 22:2-25:9
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