Balak Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

Categories: Old Testament / New Testament

  • Stories about Balak occur in Numbers 22-24.
  • He is the son of Zippor, whose name means “sparrow.”
  • Scholars don’t know what Balak’s name means.
  • Balak is the king of Moab when the Israelites are on their way towards the Promised Land.
  • Moab is really scared of the Israelites because there are so many of them.
  • The Moabites don’t know that God has told Israel not to harm the Moabites but to pass them by. (See Deut. 2:8-9)
  • They think the Israelites will take all their food and wealth.
  • Again, the Moabites don’t know that God gives the Israelites manna every day, so the Israelites don’t need to take their food.
  • The Moabites and Midianites ask Balaam, a known prophet and diviner, to curse (or say bad words against) the Israelites.
  • They are willing to pay Balaam a lot of money to say bad things to hurt others.
  • When Balaam arrives, he asks God what to do, and God tells Balaam to bless the Israelites rather than curse them.
  • Then Balak gets really angry because Balaam didn’t do what Balak asked him to do. Instead, Balaam blessed the Israelites. Balak sends Balaam home and refuses to pay him.
  • Balaam can’t curse those whom God has blessed.