CHARACTER STUDIES: MOSES 54.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 22:20 ” And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.”

Our key scripture says the Lord asked him to go with them but not to curse them. Had the Lord changed His word from what He said in the beginning? No, He can’t change His word. He responded to the insistence of Balaam. God will not stop a person from doing what he desires to do. This person would always be accountable for his actions.

The verse 21 says and Balaam rose up and saddled his ass and went with the princes of Moab. Now read the next verse “And God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against Him……” Please get this information one more time: God would not and never change his first instruction”.

The angel of the Lord stood on the way but Balaam the seer could not see, rather it was his ass that saw the angel. Spiritual gifts are given by the spirit of God. When Balaam became disobedient, his spiritual senses were deemed and rather that of the ass which was not supposed to see the things of the spirit saw the angel and decided to stop.

Why did the Lord even open the eyes of the donkey to see the angel? This was purely an act of mercy from the Lord. God chose to be merciful to Balaam and not slay him. You may not have that, if you decide to be blatantly disobedient to the Lord.

Balaam should have restrained himself when he heard a dump donkey speaking with the voice of a man. Many times, God out of mercy gives us signs to desist from the path we may be taking, yet most people, like Balaam become careless. The angel finally opened his eyes to see him. He asked him to go with them. The question is was this the will of God? Definitely not, it was not His will. Balaam after seeing the angel, should have decided to go back. Why was he so adamant? His heart had been taken over by the spirit of covetousness. The love of money, which is the root all evil, had blinded him such that he could not know wisdom. Do not allow the love for money to drive you crazy. Matthew 6:24 ” No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon”.

Any action contrary to God’s first instructors, is sinful and will put you in error. Never attempt to make God change His mind concerning an instruction, He has given to you.

  PRAYER

I pray for all children of God to be very wise to obey God’s instructions promptly.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Isaiah 66:3 ” He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.”

1 Samuel 15:22 ” And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

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