He shall pour water from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters. His king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. (Numbers 24:7)
As was mentioned in the previous devotion, rather than cursing Israel, Balaam blessed them. Actually, Balaam went beyond blessing them to prophesying about their purpose as a people and, even more importantly, the greatness of their king. It is the King of Israel that is referred to when Balaam says, “His seed shall be in many waters.” First of all, “many waters” speaks of nations and multitudes of people indicating that He will rule over many peoples, not just those assembled before Balaam.
Furthermore, “His seed” speaks to those who are His people, Israel, and how they will spread out to the east, west, north and south. But this phrasing may also allude to His Word — likened unto a seed in the Parable of the Sower — going forth throughout the nations. Isaiah prophesied that, in the latter days, the house of the LORD would be exalted and that nations would flow to it and that, “Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:2-3).
Finally, Balaam prophesied that the King of Israel is the King of kings, being higher than all others including those like Agag who position themselves to oppose the God of Israel. “His kingdom shall be exalted,” according to Balaam, and looks to the day when the all of God’s people will be assembled together under the Messiah — what a glorious day that will be. And so we will close with a thought and a scripture: He was King, He is King and He will be King. As the prophet Daniel wrote of Messiah:
“And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).
Blessings and Shalom,