(22-24) God is sovereign even over pagan prophets and nations. Trace His sovereign control through the story of Balak and Balaam. What examples do you see in 22:1-21, 22:22-41, 23:1-24:25?
How do these examples encourage you as you see pagan opposition to the church around the world?
(22-24) God is also sovereign over time, as he makes promises that he then fulfills. In what ways do Balaam’s oracles restate the Abrahamic Covenant’s promise of many people, land, a great nation, and blessing?
Who do you think Balaam’s oracle in 24:17-19 refers, and why?
God is able and faithful to keep his promises. Why is that important to you today?
(25) In what ways does Israel rebel against their King in this passage? How does God respond?
What did Phineas do? How do his actions point to Jesus?
(26-27) After 40 years, they prepare again to enter the land. God calls them to take another census. What purposes does the census have (26:2, 52-56, 63-65)? How do these purposes point to God as their sovereign king?
(28-29) As their King, God determines how they are to use their time, keeping regular Sabbaths and festivals. What would it look like for us to apply this principle to our own lives – how does God expect us to use our time?
Consider how many animals and how much grain would be required for the daily, weekly, monthly, and annual sacrifices. How is Jesus a better sacrifice (Hebrews 10:11-14)?