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2 Peter 2:15
15 Which have forsaken [kataleipo] the right [euthus] way [hodos], and are gone astray [planao], following [exakoloutheo] the way [hodos] of Balaam [Balaam] the son
of Bosor [Bosor], who [hos] loved [agapao] the wages [misthos] of unrighteousness [adikia];
15 forsaking the right way they
have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved
the wages of unrighteousness, NASB
The story of Balaam can
be found in three chapters, Num. 22-24.
When the Israelites
were still wandering in the desert, but getting ready for their crossing into
the Promised Land, Moses led them in several victories.This reputation and news, spread far and wide
across the region, and Balak, the king of Moab, hired Balaam to set a curse
against the Israelites, so he could defeat them by curse rather than by
military force. Balak knew that he was
going to be out-gunned and defeated, unless he could find some other means of
beating the Israelites.
Balaam was at first
reluctant to accept Balak s offer.He
feared God more than Balak.But Balak
was persistent, and the offer became too good to pass up for Balaam.
He knew of the God of Israel,
enough to be cautious.But the power of
worldly reward was too tempting.
Balaam sought to curse
the Israelites, but was unable.He
instead blessed them with four of the most significant blessings in history,
including the star and scepter prophecy related to the birth of Christ.
Balaam eventually went
home and was later executed by the Israelites when the Midianites were
defeated.Bad decisions in life lead
always to bad results.
And Peters whole point
Only God can bless and
curse.If you want to be on the right
side of history, on the right side of life, then you best align yourself up
with God and not the world, else your future will be bleak at best.
Trying to align
yourself up with history, with the world, with anything that seems to be
popular in society, means that you are only cursing yourself.Whether through indifference, stubbornness,
defiance, apathy, or whatever, makes no difference.Anti-God is anti-God.
There are only two
sides in history Gods, and everything else.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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