Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
© 2017 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
Bilaam and the Messiah-4/What would bring a Messiah
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Story of the Holy Spark that Turned into a Huge Holy Flame
3: The source of the righteous person
1: Scrutinizing Israel’s society
In his third and last revelation in Moab, Bilaam was taken by King Balak to the highest plateau of Baal Peor, from where he could see the entire camp of Israel. This time, the king hoped, Bilaam would address and confirm his third accusation against Israel’s society.
The ugliest idol in the world
The Baal Peor was the ugliest form of idol worshiping ever conceived by a sick, human mind. ‘Peor’ in Hebrew means ‘to open up a dark, filthy cavity.’ The worshippers of the Peor were asked to ‘defecate’ in front of their idol, and also do some other filthy acts.
One thing is sure: Examining Israel from the Peor’s level, Israel looks extremely well, even in Bilaam’s eye. As the “Angel of YHVH” had predicted through the Speaking donkey, Bilaam would have in this third revelation no leeway to escape from YHVH words. His lips and his heart would concur.
Would he be able to curse Israel under those restrictions?
Standing on the Baal Peor Heights, the prophet said:
“And Bilaam lifted up his eyes and he saw Israel abiding according to its tribes.
And the Spirit of ELKM came upon him, and he took up his discourse and said….
‘How good are your tents, O Jacob, and your tabernacles, O Israel…”
Israel’s tents and tabernacles
Unlike the King’s accusations, Israel’s camp seemed extremely well organized and civilized in the prophet eyes. It had four wings, according to the tribes, and at the center stood the Tabernacle. It was the most organized camp ever to exist.
Moreover, Israel’s tents were setup so that no one could see the inside of his neighbor’s tent, to prevent coveting. They cherished privacy and modesty, more than other nation.
Torah academies and synagogues
But there is a deeper meaning for his words:
The “tents” was a reference to Israel’s Torah Academies
And their “tabernacles” was a reference to Israel’s prayer halls or synagogues.
Israel’s society is not only well organized, it is studded with Torah Academies and Prayer Halls, creating a unique society of Torah.
2: Seeing the entire tree
Impressed by Israel’s society, the Prophet Bilaam continued:
“Like the winding brooks, like garden by the rivers’ side,
Like aloes which YHVH has planted, like cedar trees beside waters…”
The prophet could now see now not only the entire camp of Israel, but also his own entire prophecy.
Israel, Billam understood now, is like Tree planted by YHVH on good waters.
The Tree’s roots are the Patriarchs
The Tree’s strong stalk is Israel’s faith
The Tree’s Crown is their Torah society
What about the Tree’s Fruits?
Such a “Tree that YHVH has planted,” must produce good fruits! What are they?
Lifting his one eye, the prophet said:
“Like aloes which YHVH has planted,
like cedar trees beside waters…
He shall pour waters out of his baskets
Moistening his seed in plenty of waters
And his King shall overcome Agag
And his kingdom will be exalted” (Numbers 24:7-8)
The Tree’s Fruits that he saw, the rabbis said, were Israel’s Kings : Saul and David
Tradition says that the phrase “he poured waters out of the basket” refers to King Saul, who smote Agag the King of Amalek, yet his Kingship was short lived.
The king whose kingship would be exalted forever was David.
Cultivate the Tree
To produce David, the Tree of Israel should
Have roots encored on the patriarchs
Its stalk of faith must be pure
And its crown should support a Torah society, with Tabernacle, Torah Academies and Prayers halls.
Only such a Tree would produce a person like David.
The prophet could now have the full VISION
how G-d was engaged in genetic and social engineering.
Out of the drop of semen in King Balak’s sperm,
a righteous person would rise by the help of solid faith and good Torah society.
This ‘righteous person’ whom G-d was seeking would be David
Whose source is the arch anti Semite, King Balak!
How in the world could Balak’s seed turn into David? The prophet wondered.
Then, using his one sharp eye, the prophet had another VISION (Numbers 24:6)
He saw a Moabite girl, Ruth, walking across the Judean River just like Israel would enter the Holy Land
With her he saw her old Judean mother-in-Law, Naomi.
The two women seemed poor and hungry but resolute.
Just before crossing the Jordan River, the old woman turned to Ruth: “My daughter, return to your father land,” (Ruth Ch.1)
But Ruth clang to her mother in law and said: “Your people is my people, and your G-d is my G-d.”
Warped in mutual love, the two women crossed the Jordan River and walked over to Beth Lechem of Judea. The rest is history: Ruth becoming King David’s great-grandmother.
But from where Ruth would come?
The prophet now saw Ruth’s grandfather, King Eglon.
He would die by the Judge of Israel, Eud, who stabbed Eglon’s belly when he rose up hearing the name of ELKM.
As vicious enemy of Israel as he was, yet Eglon would die honoring ELKM, the G-d of Israel.
From whom would Eglon come?
The prophet’s one sharp eye was searching for the origin of Ruth’s father, Eglon.
To his amazement, King Eglon’s grandfather was no other than King Balak himself!
4: The Sodomite Holy Spark
The prophet now realized that Moab had a merit.
Moab came to the world by incense, yet with a tiny Holy spark.
His mother, Lot’s daughter, sought to save humanity from extinction by her act of incense, hessed
That tiny holy spark, the prophet realized, would turn in history into a greater flame in King Eglon,
then into even greater flame in his daughter Ruth,
then into the huge flame of faith a in David!
How would Ruth intermarry into Israel?
The Torah forbade Moab’s males to intermarry with Israel; but she did not forbid Moabite women to do so. The Torah, in her Wisdom, left open the door for women like Ruth to intermarry into Israel.
5: Solving Balak’s dream
Delighted, seeing the enormous monetary compensation waiting for him, the prophet turned to King Balak and said: “I have found a solution to your haunting dream about your daughter ruling over Israel.”
“What is it?” The King asked, excited.
The Prophet Bilaam laid out his entire vision before the king. “Aren’t you happy?” he asked the king, “your daughter will rule over Israel! As you have dreamt, they will prostrate before her throne and kiss her hands!”
But the king was furious. He did not want to hear anything about his daughter joining Israel!
6: The Son of David
Boiled with anger, King Balk shouted at the prophet:
“And Balak anger was enkindled against Bilaam
And he smote his hands together. And Balak said to Bilaam:
I’ve called you to curse my enemies, and behold!
You’ve altogether blessed them three times, therefore now flee to your place!
I thought to promote you to great honor, but YHVH has kept you back from honor…”
Nothing could infuriate the Prophet Bilaam more than the news that his compensation was canceled. Turning to the king he charged:
“Now that I am going back to my people,
come therefore and I shall tell you what this people
Will do to your people in the end of time…” (Numbers 24: 14)
The Star of Jacob
The prophet paused, than continued:
“I see it, but not now, I behold it, but it is not near
A star shall come out of Jacob,
a scepter shall rise out of Israel
And he shall cut the corners of Moab…” (Numbers 24: 17)
Some say that he talked about David, who would conquer Moab with wrath.
But tradition says that “the star of Jacob” would be David’s Son, the Messiah.
Thus maintaining roots encored in the patriarchs ,
Supporting it with good solid stalk of faith
Enriching its crown with Torah society
The Tree of Israel would produce not only David, but also David’s son, a Messiah.
a proof that this interpretation is valid lies in the fact that the last revolt of Judea against Rome was led by a (false) Messiah named “the son of the star” referring to Bilaam’s words “a star shall rise in Jacob”. Unfortunately, this Messiah did not stem from David. He was a false one, and his death brought much tragedy to Israel.
7: What shall the Messiah do?
The prophet continued talking about the futuristic Messiah:
“He will smote the tents of Shet:
And burn Cain…”
As we recall, Noah’s society split into two fractions:
1. Shet’s descendants who worship YHVH (MERCY) alone
2. Cain’s family who worship ELKM alone (Judgment)
These camps fought each other to the death. Their bloodshed brought the Flood.
Our society too is split between similar camps: one camp worshipers of MERCY, and the other camp worshipping Judgment (Allah)
Bilaam was saying, that the Son of David, Jacob’s star, the Messiah,
Would unite Shet with Cain, into one humanity
who would worship YHVH ELKM in ONENESS.
Can you define a better description of the Messiah’s task?
8: Billam’s Council
Seeing all the above, the prophet hoped now to recuperate his lost compensation. He turned to the king and said: “I have another solution to your dream. I can show you another way to bring Israel to fall into the hand of your daughters.”
“If you do that, I’ll give you a house full of silver and gold,” King Balak promised, his eyes sparkling with a new hope.
“You can’t destroy their Tree’s Crown,” the prophet said, “you may destroy their Torah academies and their synagogues, but they would open them again!
“Likewise, you can’t cut their Tree’s stalk,” the prophet continued, “for their faith is too strong to be interrupted.
“But you can cut their Tree off its roots!”
“How?” King Balak’s asked.
“Heavens has been telling this to you in your dream!” The prophet said. “Take the most beautiful girls of Moab, dress them up with the finest clothes, load them with fruit baskets and send them over to Israel camp, with a mission of peace. The girls will attract them to the Peor. This way you’d cut them off from their forefather’s roots, and their Tree would produce neither David nor the son of David!”
King Balak was so pleased by Bilaam’s council, that he ordered to fill the prophet’s home with silver and gold. The prophet stayed with Moab to watch how his plan is implemented.
As it is told later in the Book of Numbers, Moab sent his most beautiful girls to fool Israel into worshipping the Peor. As the result, YHVH’s wrath enkindled against Israel and a great plague struck their camp.
Moses then waged war against Mydyan, in which the prophet Bilam was killed “for the bad council he had given about the daughters of Moab.”
But Bilaam’s council has been in operation ever since.
If you wonder why the Messiah is not coming, know that Bilaam’s council does it.
As long as the number of Israel’s males is diminishing, as long their connection to the patriarchs are cut off by intermarriage, their Tree would not produce the good fruit of the Messiah.
If you do want a Messiah to rise, support Israel tree, support their roots, support their faith, and support their Torah society. Only then you’d see Bilaam’s council canceled.
END OF TORAH CLASS MESSIAH-4