CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 57

KEY SCRIPTURE: Revelation 2:14 ” But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.”

In chapter 23 and 24 of Numbers we see Balaam prophesying about the greatness, uniqueness and the victories that the children of Israel will win over the nations around them. This made Balak to ask Balaam to stop prophesying.

In Numbers 25, something different happened. The children of Israel started fornicating with the children of Moab. This brought the anger of the Lord against them, and they started dying. How did this happen? We find the answer in our key scripture, Revelation 2:14 “But I have a few things against you, because you have there, them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication.”

What is the doctrine of Balaam? Balaam after being enticed by the rewards of iniquity must find a way to get the Israelites to be cursed in order to get the rewards from Balak. In Numbers 23:21, Balaam said “He had not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen perverseness in Israel”. This means they could not be cursed so long as there was no iniquity in their midst. To get them cursed, iniquity must be found in their midst. Balaam therefore advised Balak to ask the Moabite women to seduce the Israelite men. They must also make them eat foods offered to the idols. This they did and iniquity was found in them and so God’s anger and judgement fell on them. Many of them died. This counsel Balaam gave Balak is the doctrine of Balaam.

By allowing sin into their midst, they had thrown away their righteousness. Dear child of God, your righteousness is your authority. Hebrews 1:8 “But unto the Son he saith, thy throne O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom”(note: we have righteousness as a gift and righteousness as a lifestyle or right living. This verse is talking about righteousness as a lifestyle). The sceptre is the staff of authority of a king or ruler. This he said symbolises righteousness. Without righteousness you have no authority and every enemy can make a mess of you. Dear child of God the enemy cannot get you in any way when you walk uprightly.

Balaam, in our story must find a way to receive the rewards that Balak promised him, so he gave him that doctrine.  Numbers 31:16 “Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”

 Balaam ultimately fell. No one can remain standing for the Lord when he or she decides to join the enemies of God into their path. You would eventually fall.  Your only sure security is to refuse to join them in the very first instant. If an offer would lead into sin refuse it.

 CONFESSION

I have decided to obey the voice of the Lord and never to be enticed by the deceitfulness of sin. My righteous walk is my authority to walk in dominion in this life. I will never let down on it.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Psalms 1:1 ” Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

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