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

Balaam part 3

Numbers 22; 2nd Peter; Jude

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 unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call you, rise up, and go with them; but only the word which I shall say to you, shall you do.

And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.

And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his donkey, and his two servants were with him.”

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, who loved the wages of unrighteousness…”

In Jude we read: “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward.”

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 sins will find you out” (Numbers 32).

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