[bible1year] Devotional comments on Numbers 25-27

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 17 Feb 2015 12:41:05 -0000
        If Balaam had stopped with his visions from God, 
he would have been safe; but he wanted the money and 
honor Balak promised, so he told the king how to defeat 
Israel. His plan was simple. Invite the Jews to share in 
the heathen sacrificial feasts and corrupt them. The 
feasts of Baal were terribly wicked, and Balaam knew 
that the Jewish men would be tempted to join with the 
Moabite women. This is exactly what happened. In fact, 
one Israelite was bold enough to bring a Midianite woman 
home right in the sight of Moses. What the armies of the 
other nations could not do, the women of Moab and Midian 
were doing. There is a lesson here for each of us. If 
Satan cannot overcome God's people as a lion (I Peter 
5:8), then he comes as a serpent. We should always 
beware of the friendliness of God's enemies; for their 
smiles, snares, and gifts could bring us to destruction. 
Balaam's one mistake (mentioned in Jude 11) was that he 
thought Israel's sins would destroy the nation.

        Revelation 2:14 mentions the doctrine of Balaam. 
This doctrine is compromise. Christians today must deal 
with this doctrine. We must never forget that our 
calling is to be separate--never joining with the world, 
for joining with the world can only mean judgment and 
ruin.

        Balaam was successful to a degree, but he did 
not understand the grace of God. God did not leave or 
forsake the children of Israel. He did punish and 
chastise their sin, but because of His marvelous and 
matchless grace, He will never leave or forsake His own. 
Though we may fall and go astray, God wants us to turn 
to Him in sincere repentance, so that we might again be 
cleansed and fit for fellowship and serve for our Lord. 
There will be many Balaks and Balaams in our Christian 
life. Our only fight against them is to put on the whole 
armour of God, that we may be able to withstand the 
wiles and temptations of the devil (Ephesians 6).