Why was God angry
Why was God angry with Balaam when he went with the men after he permitted him to with the men? Well, from start to finish God unalterably disapproved any cursing of Israel, insisting that if Balaam went he would have to bless, not curse. (Jos 24:9, 10) However, God permitted him to go. It was as in the case of Cain, when Jehovah expressed his disapproval but at the same time allowed the individual personal choice, either to abandon his bad way or plunge ahead in his wicked course. (Ge 4:6-8) Balaam, then, like Cain, was headstrong in disregarding Jehovah's will in the matter, and was determined to gain his own selfish objective. In Balaam's case it was greed of reward that blinded him to the wrongness of his way, as Jude writes: 'Balaam rushed into the erroneous course for reward.' The apostle Peter comments: "Balaam, the son of Beor, . . . loved the reward of wrongdoing, but got a reproof for his own violation of what was right. A voiceless beast of burden, making utterance with the voice of a man, hindered the prophet's mad course."—Jude 11; 2Pe 2:15, 16.
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