Christmas Verses – The First Coming #6

Numbers 24:17 NIV

“I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
the skulls of all the people of Sheth.

The speaker of this verse is Balaam. He is noted as one who walked in the Abrahamic covenant, but he uses sorcery to conjure himself into the presences of God.  He was supposed to be cursing Israel instead he predicts the Messiah and the defeat of Edom and Seir.

The unique aspect of this is that God will use you He chooses.  Balaam has a vision and sees Jesus.  The Star of Bethlehem, I think, is mentioned here as well as a repeating of Jacob’s word to Judah about the “Scepter” belonging to Jesus.