“The Error of Balaam - 3”

January 20, 2020

“The Error of Balaam - 3”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the story of Balaam…

Num 22:15-20

Then Balak again sent leaders, more numerous and more distinguished than the former.

They came to Balaam and said to him,
“Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, ‘Let nothing, I beg you, hinder you from coming to me;

for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me.
Please come then, curse this people for me.’”

Balaam replied to the servants of Balak,
“Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold,
I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD my God.

“Now please, you also stay here tonight,
and I will find out what else the LORD will speak to me.”

God came to Balaam at night and said to him,
“If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them;
but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.”

King Balak would not take “no” as an answer.

Balak sent more…
More leaders.
More numerous leaders.
More distinguished leaders.

Balak offered more…
More money.
More honor.
More of whatever Balaam wanted.

Balak simply wanted these people cursed so that he could defeat them.

Balaam gave the proper/correct response…
“I can do nothing contrary to the command of the Lord my God”.

But, then Balaam said this…
“Stay here tonight and I will find out what else the Lord will speak to me”.

Why did he say this?

The Lord was using all this to reveal the true heart of Balaam…the error of Balaam.

Balaam was saying “I’ll check with God to see if He has changed His mind…”

Balaam was enticed by the honor, the power, the money, etc.

God gave him over to it.

The Lord said “rise up and go with them, but only the word I speak to you shall you do”.

The Lord had not changed His mind.

He simply gave Balaam over to his desires.

Balaam knew what the Lord wanted.
But, now he thought he had changed the Lord’s mind.

He would regret this.

The Lord would use this.

…to be continued…

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