Scriptures

Watch Out For Mad Balaam!

Introduction

‘They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.’ 2 Peter 2:15-16

The second matter addressed in Peter’s second letter is that of false teachers who may arise from within. Peter exposed the strategies of the followers of Balaam by showing us that these false teachers will secretly introducing destructive heresies and these may pitiably culminate in their denial of the Sovereign Lord.

We are adequately warned to be careful of this lot who are described as blots and blemishes, revelling in their pleasures whilst feasting with us.

Peter went further to describe them as people whose eyes are full of adultery and who never stop sinning, seducing the unstable (or weak Christians). Do not forget that they are specialists in greed, having left the pathway of righteousness.

Like their master, Balaam, they love the wages of wickedness. Let’s call to memory the transgression of greedy Balaam. He was employed by Balak to curse God’s people and because of his greed, he did everything he could to do against God’s will. A mere animal spoke with a human voice to bring his foolishness to light.

In a similar manner, Paul warned the elders of the church at Ephesus about savage wolves that would come from in among them and would not spare the flock. He indicated that false teachers would arise from amongst them to distort the truth, but they needed to be watchful, Acts 20:25-31.

As much as these false teachers will have the full reward of their greed and falsehood as indicated in 2 Peter 2, we should be careful to discern their errors and not to go with them in the way of perdition.

Read Numbers 22-24

Prayer

Merciful God in heaven, we sincerely ask for Your compassion and guidance that we may uphold the sanctity of Your truth, earnestly contending for the faith which has been delivered to the saints once for all.

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28

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