Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Can someone tell me about Balak's sorcery?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Zohar states that Balak was a sorcerer and acquired all his wisdom from a bird--and so he was called "Balak the son of a bird." This is how he made the bird: He made the head out of gold, the mouth of out silver, the wings from light copper blended with silver, the body with gold, the feathers with round points of silver, the legs with gold, and he put the tongue of a bird called "known" inside its mouth. Balak would then place the bird by the window in the direction of the sun during the day, and by the window in the direction of the moon at night for 7 days. After 7 days the tongue would begin rattling but would be unable to speak. Balak would then puncture the tongue with a golden needle to which it would be able to speak and reveal the future using the powers of impurity.

    Source(s): Jason Behar's Divrei Torah Blog:
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Balaam was hired by the Moabite King Balaak (Num. 22:5, Deu. 23:4) to curse Israel failed in his task (Num. 24).

    He evidently counseled that Israel could be drawn into God’s disfavor by luring them into sexual relationship with the women of Moab (Num. 25:1; 31:16) which would also entice them to worship foreign gods (Num. 25:2).

    If the Nicolaitan doctrine is a reflection of the doctrine of Balaam, the key may be intermarriage with the heathen leading to compromise and idolatrous worship.8 Peter mentions false teachers who are “following the way of Balaam” (2Pe. 2:15).

    It is said that “by covetousness” these teachers will exploit the church (2Pe. 2:3). They are said to be walking “according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness” (2Pe. 2:10) and having “eyes full of adultery” (2Pe. 2:14). This would accord with the libertine aspect of the Nicolaitans mentioned by the early witnesses.

    It is said that Balaam taught Balaak to influence the Israelites “to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality” (Rev. 2:14+).

  • 1 decade ago

    I've never heard that. That's an interesting ritual.

    It sounds almost Goetic in nature.

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