Sunday Rest and Reflection

Greetings in Jesus’ Name!

The story of Balaam, a prophet who was hired by Balak, King of the Moabites is my reflection today.  Balak was afraid of the Israelites and had heard the reports of how they had completely destroyed Sihon and Og, two other kings that opposed them.  God had given them this victory.  Balak sent a delegation to hire Balaam to come and curse the Israelites.  Balaam, to his credit, sought God as to what he should do.  God told him not to go and not to curse Israel. (Numbers 22:12)

A short time later, Balak sent more distinguished men and more money to try and entice Balaam to come and curse the Israelites.  Balaam was tempted and not satisfied with God’s first instructions, he sought a second opinion.  Money and men have a way of clouding God’s instructions.  This time God told him to go, but do only what He instructed him.  This led to the incident where Balaam’s donkey talked to him and warned him about the Angel of the Lord who was waiting on the way to kill him!  God’s mercy and justice are evident here in this tension.

Balaam goes to curse the Israelites and as he stands to act, a spirit of true prophesy comes on him.  Each time, he blesses God’s people instead.  These blessings speak of Jesus Christ and God’s desire to bless his people.  Numbers 23:6-10 records the first blessing and verses 18-24 the second blessing.  God has blessed his people, who can curse them?  (Numbers 23:20,23)

The tragedy of Balaam is what he did later.  He evidently figured out a way to help out Balak.  He told them to send in the women and seduce the Israelites and get them into idolatry, bringing a curse on themselves.  Revelation 2:12-14 Jesus Christ used this incident to warn the New Testament church against bringing a curse on themselves.  God desires to bless and has blessed His people with everything needed for life and godliness through Jesus Christ!  We must be watchful against Satan’s attempt to seduce us.

In His Love,  Pastor John

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