Numbers 22-25, 31 - The crazy story of Balaam *
These are cliffs notes on the ridiculous story of Balaam *
vs 7 - They took a fee to pay him - they thought they could entice the man of God with money, and they were right
** vs 8 - he already knew what God's will was - NOT to curse them because they are God's people - but he entertained them because of his greed for gain. This communicated the wrong thing to these guys ("maybe he'll come with us afterall??!!!!")
vs 9 - God knew who these men were, He just wanted Balaam to identify them in hopes that Balaam would recognize that he should have nothing to do with them
vs 12 - God's Will couldn't be more clear than this
** vs 13 - He never gave them the reason, thus giving them hope that he would go with them if they simply increased the offer (this revealed his heart - he really wanted to go). It's like my son saying to his buddy, "my dad said no," when in reality I said, "no, because ..............." and I gave a solid reason why he shouldn't. His buddy would just beg all the more.
vs 19 - He's still trying to talk God into letting him go - like my daughter begging me for a knife, I said no, but then yes - then she cut her finger with it.
vs 20 - God gives in - sigh of "you idiot, why are you begging? if you want it that bad just go"
** vs 23 - The donkey saw the angel, Balaam didn't - he was blinded by his own sin
vs25-27 - God was getting in the way - just like He does in business. We need to have eyes that see when He's getting in the way (Wall situation)
vs 29 - Balaam wasn't startled - he's now having a conversation with a donkey
vs 33 - Your donkey saved you
** vs 34 - "if" you are displeased? He's doing it again - He already knows what God's will is. He felt sorry, but not repentant. True repentance turns around and goes the other way
vs 35 - "Fine, go" - you just don't get it
vs 40 - He's dining with the wrong people
vs 1 - God desires obedience not sacrifice
** vs 4 - "Look at what all I've done for you - I've prepared 7 sacrifices!!!" God wasn't pleased with Balaam's DOing because of his bad BEing
vs 3&15 - Stand beside the offering - what's this mean? Not really sure
** vs 28 - Now Balaam is in Baal's house - he's in the place of the wrong god
vs 29 - Balaam's sin is costing Balak a lot (21 bulls and 21 rams) - it's very costly to go against God
Balaam's curse didn't work, but his counsel did - Rev 2:14
vs 1 - Balak put the daughter's of Moab in their way to entice them to serve their gods - it worked. The lust of the leaders proved too much for them to bear and they gave in, which led to them eating idol sacrifices and worshipping false gods. It wasn't just an adultery or fornication thing - that's just what started it. Lust breeds more Lust - needs to be satisfied NOW. Love can always WAIT.
** vs 5 - Moses said "kill 'em" - he didn't intercede as he did when they grumbled. This was a different sin
** vs 6- Zimri, one of the cheif leaders, was sporting around his chick in broad daylight (he freely strutted about because what was vile was honored among the leaders) while the people were crying out to God at the entrance of the Temple. They were begging God's forgiveness, but the plague wasn't stopped until JUSTICE was done (when Phinneas killed Zimri). Justice is God's prevention of Judgement
** vs 7 - everyone else saw it, but only ONE MAN stood up and grabbed his spear - he grabbed the right weapon - he was Battle Ready!vs 8 - The plague - the people suffered because of the leaders' sin. This had become a national sin. Phineas fought a KINGDOM battle - when enough leaders of people defile themselves it leads to national sins.
vs 7-8 - The grandson of Aaron acted like a priest - he went hard core after the sin and destroyed it. God LOVED a guy that would fight like this. Take no prisoners - no holds barred!
** vs 12 - Phineas was rewarded with PEACE! If you want peace then you must fight!
** vs 6 - Time for vengance - Phineas gets to take the lead! Nice little reward for him
vs 8 - Now we see Balaam among the Midianites - was he now living there? He shouldn't have been there. If he really believed Israel was blessed why wouldn't he dwell among them? Not sure, all I know is that it was at Balaam's instruction that the Midianites tempted the Israelites into idolatry and harlotry and now he's doing the very thing Lot did - DWELLING in the place of sin. He was already dead long before this, but God was going to execute justice on him and on the Midianites for what they did. He had already punished His children, now it was time to punish those who caused their sin.
vs 36-40 - Everyone got to enjoy the spoils of war, but those who went out to fight got MUCH more. They got the lions' share of the blessing that came on the heels of battle because they were the ones that fought it
vs 50 - A warrior's offering - God spared their lives and they were eternally grateful for that. They gave an abundant offering, which was not "required" by God for them to give. They knew that it was nothing short of miraculous, showing that God was fighting for them, that they made it through an entire battle and not one man died. They recognized that "the horse is made ready for the day of battle but victory rests in the Lord." So out of the spoils of war they gave abundantly back to God.
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