Messianic Prophecy Number 28: Num 24.5–9 (Cf. Hos 11.1) – Called Out of Egypt

Balaam prophesied, 

“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob!
Your dwellings, O Israel!
Like valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens by the riverside,
Like aloes planted by the Lord,
Like cedars beside the waters.
He shall pour water from his buckets,
And his seed shall be in many waters.
His king shall be higher than Agag,
And his kingdom shall be exalted.
God brings him out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox;
He shall consume the nations, his enemies;
He shall break their bones
And pierce them with his arrows.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
Blessed is he who blesses you,
And cursed is he who curses you.”
(Numbers 24.5–9).

Balaam prophesied of a king to arise out of Israel, and that king God would bring out of Egypt.

The king would be an Israelite, but He would spend some time in Egypt, much in the same way as the Israelite nation.

Most people see Matthew 2.14, 15 as fulfilling Hosea 11.1, but it might picture the same thing. The picture is of a parallel between the life of Israel and the life of the Messiah, but Numbers 24 speaks specifically of a king.

When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son” (Matthew 2.14, 15).

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