Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Way of Balaam



November 30

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Peter 2

Verse of the Day: 2 Peter 2:15 – “forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the hire of wrong-doing;”

Balaam. An interesting prophet in the Old Testament. After being told over and over again that he would not be allowed to curse the people of Israel, Balaam seemed dead-set on disobeying God.

Peter warned against “the way of Balaam,” Jude against “the error of Balaam” and John against “the doctrine of Balaam” (II Peter 2:15; Jude 11; Revelation 2:14). God evidently considers these warnings necessary and appropriate for Christians even today. The way of Balaam” was a readiness to prostitute his high spiritual gifts and privileges for “The wages of unrighteousness” (II Peter 2:14), being willing to preach something contrary to God’s Word for personal gain.

Prayer: Father, my I by the power of Your Spirit never sell myself and the gift You have given me for the wages of man. May I be true to Your Word no matter the consequences. 


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