We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Blocked Vision, Part 3

We talked yesterday how Balaam the prophet was told by God to go to Moab, but after he went God was angry. At first glance it would appear that God is guilty of double-mindedness. But knowing that God is true and every man a liar, taking a closer look would be the better part of wisdom. Note God’s specific words to Balaam, as well as Balaam’s response:

“And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, ‘If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only do what I tell you.’
So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him” (Numbers 22:20-22).

Do you see the infractions?

1. He rose in the morning without being called by the men.
2. He saddled his donkey without being told by God.
3. He took servants with him, without instruction from God.

Balaam is revealing his greedy nature by his actions. He’s in it only for the money, thus the reason for the saddled donkey and the servants–he’s planning on making a haul!

In 2 Peter we read that some “have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness . . . .”

In Jude we read: “Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error . . . .”

If Balaam had looked a few chapters into the future, he would seen one of the greatest warnings in all of the Bible: “. . . be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23b).

Lamplighter Theatre Testimony from Generations of Virtue

Generations of Virtue is a ministry that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. The founder of our ministry, Julie Hiramine, has spoken to thousands of parents and young people all around the world, giving them practical tools to train their children in purity starting from a young age and continuing on into the teen years. One thing we have learned after years of ministry is that without the Godly character to back up a commitment to purity, it is almost impossible to make wise choices in this area.

The Lamplighter audio dramas are ideal to pass along to parents who want to teach their children about virtuous character and making good choices. They make learning about the character qualities that produce good fruit in a person’s life approachable and fun. Parents can use these dramas to open doors to deeper communication about many spiritual truths. Most recently Generations of Virtue has ministered a significant amount in southeast Asia, and the Lamplighter audio dramas are perfect for families who want to teach their children about virtuous character, but don’t always have the same access we do in the U.S. to quality literature. Not only do their children get to learn about different cultures, they are also learning lessons about character that positively influence their lives.

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