This Balaam episode in Israel’s history is extremely complicated, but our questions concern the missiological implications of this work of the divine spirit. One set of implications perpetuated by the biblical traditions is that it is only through Elohim’s intervention that the curses intended upon Israel were turned into blessing
Numbers 27:16-18 & Deuteronomy 34:9
There is only one reference to the divine wind in Deuteronomy: “Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses” (34:9). In what follows, I wish to assess the missiological relevance of this text at three levels: that of the text itself, including its relationship to references in the book of Numbers; that with regard to the canonical role of this text within the wider Deuteronomic history; and that related to a broader understanding for contemporary theology of mission.