By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?"Numbers 23:19and"How shall I (Balaam) curse, whom God hath not cursed? Or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? For from the tops of the rocks I see him (Israel), and from the hills I behold him: Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations."Numbers 23:8-9-----Memory Catcher: Balaam ... Hmmm.Not a true "Baa" and not a true "laamb."-----Who is Balaam?Balaam was the individual called by King Balak of Moab to curse the people of Israel on their journey to the land of Canaan (Promised Land). Threatened by the great mass of people (Israel) that was growing in number, name, and reputation, King Balak feared for his people and nation's sake."And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many, and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel."Numbers 22:2-3Valuing the power of a spoken word, King Balak calls on Balaam, the seer, to curse the nation of Israel and speak against them. He offers unspeakable sums of money, power, and possession to Balaam for payment of the curse.It ain't gonna happen.God intervenes on behalf of His beloved people and in a shortened summary of the attempts made to curse Israel, God says,"No."Read the story and witness the power and protection of God over His people;Read the story and witness the power and protection of God against those who are in opposition to His people.It will bless you and strengthen you.-----We cannot call Balaam a false prophet since God utilized him in the speaking of some of the most powerful and profound prophecies recorded in the Bible (Read Numbers 23-25.)We must call Balaam, then, an evil prophet and a "false sheep" who was given God's word and spoke it ... but betrayed God's word and walked away from it, in the end.For of great interest in the story, also, is the reality of Balaam's ongoing presence, as he intermingles himself with God's people, remains among them, and eventually leads them into moral decay, demise, and compromise through the "quiet hidden practices" of sexual immorality and idolatry.Hmmm .. The crafty and subtle work of Satan forever and always in our midst.2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14Balaam would become an example of a "defiled reprobate" intoxicating God's people with the ungodly toxins of Satan. -----There are many provoking lessons, truths, and spiritual realities contained in the story of Balaam and I urge you to read it, study it, and reflect upon the message God may pass on to "you" through it.Of greatest significance lies the reality of God's governing pure word, which can be trusted and relied upon, no matter what comes and no matter who comes down the pike.Lean on Him, rely on Him, and know His word."God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: hath He said and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Behold, I (Balaam) have received commandment to bless; and He hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it."Numbers 23:19-20-----Great and Eternal Father,Protect us by Thy supernatural great power. Let Thy word be the governing agent of our lives and Thy power be the strength at work within us.Rule and have Thy way within our hearts.Cleanse us of pollutants and toxins within our midst and cause us to see that which would lead us astray and away from Thee.For Thy sovereign power and Thy pure word we give Thee praise.Amen.
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