What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Balaam?
Context (Numbers 22:1-24:25): Balak the King of Moab was afraid of the Israelites since the God was with them and God helped them to defeat all their enemies. Therefore, Balak sent messengers to a prophet named Balaam. He told Balaam that if he cursed Israel so that he could defeat them, that Balak would give Balaam great riches.
Now Balaam was not an Israelite but he did fear God. God told him not to go to King Balak to curse Israel at first and then later let him go on one condition, he would say whatever God told him to.
When Balaam finally did speak, 4 times he prophesied blessings over Israel even though it made King Balak furious. As a result he forfeited the great wealth that King Balak would have given to him.
Key Life Learnings:
- Speaking God’s word can cost you (Numbers 24:10-14): King Balak was so angry that instead of blessing Balaam with riches, he threatened his life. Balaam said that he could only speak what God had told him. That is so true for us too. Many times what God wants us to do or say will not be popular with our friends and maybe even our family. They may reject us and make fun of us or maybe even threaten us. But who really matters in the long run, what our God thinks or what man thinks? Since our true riches and honor lie in heaven, let’s trust in God and get our ultimate reward from Him.
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