Balaam – Prophet for Hire

Balaam

One of the reasons we study the word of God and teach it to our children is because Jesus and the writers of the epistles warned us that false teachers  would abound in the last days. They try to appear authentic and “religious”  but are known by three characteristics listed in Jude verse 11. Cain was self-righteous , attempting to be acceptable to God by his own efforts , instead of bringing a blood sacrifice which is the only covering for sin. Korah spoke against God’s word by speaking falsely and convincing 252 leaders of Israel that they should shun Moses’ authority. Moses spoke to God “face to face” and the whole congregation got to see what happened to the man who challenged God’s ordained leader. Now we come to greedy Balaam, a pagan prophet who believed he could profit from doing the work of the God of Israel. Through this story we understand that even though Israel has walked contrary to the ways of the LORD, God still loves and blesses those who bless His people and curses those who curse them. Read the story in Numbers 22 of how  The Angel of the LORD and a donkey made Balaam an offer he couldn’t refuse. I glued cotton above the Tabernacle to portray “the cloud by day”.

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