Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Balaam’s Council was His Curse
Balaam’s Council was His Curse
Recently I wrote a post about
Balaam meeting an angel on the way to Moab to curse the Children of
post here.I had prepared the lesson for our Prayer
meeting, but was asked to save it for another time.- - - so the lesson was resting.
On short notice, I was asked
to teach the Bible Study on Sunday at my church.I had the lesson about Balaam that had been
saved so I realized God wanted it for this occasion.
As I prepared with additional
material, something new was revealed to me in my study.
I was reading in Revelation
where Jesus said He hated the “COUNCIL of Balaam,” and this was interesting to
me.What was Balaam’s council?
As it turned out - - Baalam
and the King of Moab realized that God would not allow them to curse the
children of Israel
so they devised another plan.Balaam
counseled the Moabites to make friends with the Israelites and involve them with
their wicked daughters.
The women would invite the
Israelites to the feasts of their false
god, offer the weak minded men strong drink and encourage them to bow down to
the idols. To please the women, these
foolish men did as they were told.
was his council; “Wine Women and Song.”
surrounding the doctrine of Balaam and its tragic results is given in
remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women
of Moab.They invited the people to the sacrifices
of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel
was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel.
after entering into the land of Moab, began to commit fornication with the “women
to eat meat sacrificed to idols, and bow down and worship the false gods of the
Moabites. In order to put a stop to these sins and stay the hand of God’s
judgment upon the entire camp of Israel, Moses instructed the Judges
over each tribe to slay every Israelite who had “joined himself to Baal-peor.”
Because of their sins, twenty-four
thousand Israelites perished under God’s judgment.(24,000 now that is a lot of people.)
What caused the
Israelites to depart from the one true and living God who had delivered them
and begin serving false gods and following the idolatrous ways of the
The answer is
given in - -
these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of
Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a
plague among the congregation of the LORD.
seen, Balaam could not curse Israel.
Only beautiful prophecies filled with blessings flowed from his lips when he
was called into Moab
by King Balak. But Balaam did succeed in leading the Israelites astray
through his counsel. The Israelites, through the counsel of
Balaam, were led to commit fornication, eat things sacrificed to idols, and
bow down before other gods. And because of these sins, the judgment of
God fell upon His people.
It is recorded in the book of Revelation, John
experience a vision while in prison, and he saw Jesus who spoke to him.Jesus was speaking about the different
churches and of one – Jesus said this:
Revelation 2:14-15But I have a few things against thee, because
thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast
a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto
idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine
of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
We might ask who were the Nicolatians?The answer was that the Nicolaitans were
false teachers.They mixed made-up opinions
and personal ideas in with their teaching creating confusion and a watered down
gospel. They left out doctrine they did not like.
Paul warned in Galatians 1:8But
though we, or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him
Now you would think you could
trust angel to bring you a true message, but beware if the message does not
line up with the Word of God.Angels
have been known to bring messages on golden plates, and present another book
that followers of certain groups claim is better or just as good as the Bible.
There are many factions who
claim to be “religious” with another book, another doctrine, one that leaves
Christ Jesus OUT as God.They may refer
to God as your “Higher Power” and you are free to make up who ever you like to
be that god for you.
I say nonsense and it is a watered
down version with distilled water.
The group may acknowledge
Jesus as a prophet, but do not teach him crucified, risen, coming again, and
sending us the Holy Spirit to indwell.Often they do not believe in a literal hell and want nothing to do with
the blood of Jesus.
(Paul was writing to Christians ) -
- Romans 2:2-5 And we know that the
judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice wicked life styles. But
do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such
things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or
do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience,
not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of
your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself
in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.
Be on your guard for those
who seem so nice and want to share with you their materials will present at
first something that appears good.
Keep yourself untainted and
steadfast in the Word of God and you will not be deceived.
So what do we avoid?
yoked with unbelievers.
fornication or other sexual sins.
3.Do not align
yourselves with other gods that do not adhere to the Bible and its
teachings.Beware of Eastern meditation
and types of exercise that seem helpful but are cunning to pull you into
4.Attend a BibleBelievingChurch and join a Bible
Study group who study God’s Word.