And Moab was in great dread of the people [of Israel], because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel. Numbers 22: 3 ESV
In Numbers 22, the Moabites are terrified of the Israelites coming towards their land. Through God’s will, the people had just defeated the Canaanites and the Amorites. Balak, the son of Moab’s king, decides to send men to Balaam with a message.
“Behold, a people has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are dwelling opposite me. Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.” Numbers 22:5b-6 ESV
Balaam was a well-known prophet in the area and Balak knew that if he could get Balaam to curse the Israelites, he would be able to defeat them. However, Balaam was unable to carry out this curse due to the authority of God. God instead used Balaam to bless the Israelites four times, the fourth time prophesying about the rule of David and his offspring.
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.” Numbers 24: 17 ESV
This prophecy ultimately leads to the true King of Israel, Jesus. In Luke 1, an angel visits Mary to tell her that she will mother the Messiah. The angel tells her that she is favored by the Lord and that she will conceive and bear a son.
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1: 32-33 ESV
The angel tells Mary the child she will bear will be the ultimate king of Israel and will rule of the house of Jacob forever. Mary believes what the angel tells her and goes to visit her relative Elizabeth.
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” Luke 1: 46-49 ESV
Mary praises God for choosing her as the mother of Christ in a hymn. She thanks God working His will through her and praises His power and mighty works.
Dear God, thank You for sending Christ to be our ultimate King and for guiding us through Your Word. Please help us humbly accept Your calling and to trust in You. Amen.