Daily D – Numbers 31:8b

by | Feb 19, 2024 | Daily D | 0 comments

David G Bowman Logo

Numbers 31:8b  They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. (CSB)

Numbers 31:16  “Yet they are the ones who, at Balaam’s advice, incited the Israelites to unfaithfulness against the Lord in the Peor incident, so that the plague came against the Lord’s community.“ (CSB)

“It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” So goes the old proverb. Being a Prophet For Profit like Balaam can be an enriching gig. However, he lost out on some big bucks in his previous episode. 

For several chapters (22-24), we read how Balaam was hired to curse Israel. God would not permit it. Instead of curses, he gave Balaam blessings to speak over his people. 

Balak, the leader of the coalition assembled against Israel, promised increasingly large wads of cash to Balaam. Balaam lost out on a rather handsome payday when God said, “No,” “No,” and “NO,” again.

Balaam’s curses remained unuttered. Yet Balaam found a way around the rules. Instead of powerful words spoken accompanied by sacrifices and drama and his very best imitation god voice, Balaam employed the oldest trick in the book. 

“How about a little, or a lot, of sex?”

The Midianites loved the idea. So did some of the Israelites.

This brings us to chapter 25 and a very negative topic sentence:

”While Israel was staying in the Acacia Grove, the people began to prostitute themselves with the women of Moab.“

There was barbecue, there were women ready to play, and there were gods who approved of the whole thing. 

But God did not. Verse 9 tells us that 24,000 people died in the plague resulting from this gross rebellion. 

Balaam’s advice was, again, powerful and profitable. Whatever he got paid, he didn’t get to spend much of the loot. Apparently, hell has no commissary. 

Balaam finally got paid. He also paid the ultimate price for rebellion against God that cost the lives of multitudes. 

There’s not enough fun in the whole world, however you take it, to make death and hell worth it. 

Just a thought. 

I will choose God’s path rather than the path of open sin that entices, allures, and destroys.

Our Father, deliver me from every temptation that sacrifices the good life that accompanies obedience. Protect me from sinful choices that wound and destroy. Amen. 

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

CONNECT WITH ME!

Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.

          Church Unique Logo          Auxano Logo

GET IN TOUCH!

READ MY BLOG!

Daily D – Ezekiel 43:1-5

Ezekiel 43:1-5 He led me to the gate, the one that faces east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice sounded like the roar of a huge torrent, and the earth shone with his glory. The vision I saw was like the one I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the ones I had seen by the Chebar Canal. I fell facedown. The glory of the Lord entered the temple by way of the gate that faced east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

Daily D – Ezekiel 37:3

Ezekiel 37:3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.”

Daily D – Ezekiel 36:26-27

Ezekiel 36:26, 27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances.”

Daily D – Psalm 40:6-8

Psalm 40:6-8
You do not delight in sacrifice and offering;
you open my ears to listen.
You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering. Then I said, “See, I have come;
in the scroll it is written about me.
I delight to do your will, my God,
and your instruction is deep within me.”

Daily D – Psalm 39:4-5

Psalm 39:4, 5
“LORD, make me aware of my end
and the number of my days
so that I will know how short-lived I am.
In fact, you have made my days just inches long,
and my life span is as nothing to you.
Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor.”
Selah