Midyanite Officers

Shavua Tov. In today’s Parsha, we learn of a delegation of officers of Midyan and Moab that came to convince Bilaam to curse the Jewish people. However, as the Parsha continues, we only hear of the officers of Moab, but we never hear of the Midyanite officers.

The Gemara in מסכת סנהדרין explains that the reason why they left, was because Bilaam told them that he was going to ask permission of Hashem to curse the Jews, before he would agree to go.

The Midyanites realized that at that moment, it was pointless to remain. Their reasoning was, “Is there any father that hates his son?” They assumed that because of Hashem’s love for His people, who were his children, that He could ever consent to do anything to harm them. That, in the Gemara’s opinion, is the reason why the Midyanite officers were never heard from again.