Balaam the prophet had Balak the king of Moab make seven altars, and to offer a bull and a ram on each altar, hoping that would get the Lord’s attention, and He would curse Israel.
However, that did not work. So, Balak tried it again,
“So [Balak] brought [Balaam] to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar” (Numbers 23.14).
Would that then work? No, because it was not that the first seven were insufficient and God really wanted fourteen total, but He wanted Israel blessed and not cursed, and Balaam and Balak could be using this seven sequence from then to this day, and it would not change His mind, because the number seven, and altars, bulls, and rams, are not good luck charms, for we do not serve a superstitious God.
- Numbers 23.4 – Seven altars, seven bulls, and seven rams are not good luck charms (sevensinthebible.com)
- Numbers 23.1 – Balaam prepared seven altars, bulls, and rams (sevensinthebible.com)