Second in a series of three studies on Numbers 23:8-10
“For from the top of the rocks I see him,
“And from the hills I behold him;
“There! A people dwelling alone,
“Not reckoning itself among the nations” (Numbers 23:9).
The prophet Balaam looks out from the top of the mountain and sees the orderly camp of the Israelites below. “Him” in this verse refers to the Israelite camp. Balaam looks out, realizing he cannot pronounce a curse on these people, no matter how much he wants to, because God will not allow it.
The nation he sees below him is composed of people who are different—distinctive in every way from the other nations: different in their religion, sacred rites, diet, dress, and everyday ways. They are alone, dignified, and on a higher level than the other nations. They are close to God and are a people set apart for His service.
Such a perception surely rings through to the people of God today—He designed that Christians would be consecrated and different from others in the world: that distinctiveness is what makes us special to God and appealing to those in the world who seek a higher, more spiritual, way of life. We, too, are set apart for service in His spiritual kingdom.