Balaam was gifted in divination and also prophecy. While he knew of God and spoke with God, he also used other evil means to get information from the spirit realm. Balaam came from a long line of similarly gifted family and also was considered the best in delivering blessings and curses. He was sought after by Kings and known among important circles
David was in the opposite position. David was surrounded by enemies who were slandering him. David was crying out for justice and comforted himself with what God would do to balance the scale. David knew the power of the tongue as he was the recipient of slander.
Jesus, in His death on the cross, shows us how to refuse that which attempts to alter our destiny by altering our mind and heart. Instead, Jesus drank of the vinegar so we could drink from Living Water. In doing so, Jesus taught us of the value of endurance and perseverance in the most painful of circumstances.
Upon cruel physical and verbal mockery, Jesus did not recant or give up on who He was. He endured, and that is what we need to do as well. Jesus did not stay silent because He was weak. He stayed silent because He was strong. Most think strength comes from fighting back, but that is easy to do when attacked. True strength is submitting to God’s plan and purpose even when you are relentlessly attacked.
Jesus asked for intercession from His inner circle- “Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, ‘Sit here while I go over there to pray.’He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, ‘My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.