The Word: Episode 1177 Daniel 8:20-27

“Error of Balaam - 6”

January 23, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 6”

Blessings folk!

Read the account again.
Remember, repetition is at the heart of learning.

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam,
“What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”


Balaam was riding on a donkey.
Balaam had two servants with him…there were witnesses!

The donkey saw the Angel of the Lord.
The Angel was ready for battle.
Sword drawn.
The donkey turned aside
Balaam struck the donkey.

The Angel then blocked the way in a narrow path walled on both sides.
The donkey saw the Angel.
The she-donkey pressed against the wall, pressing Balaam’s foot.
Balaam hit her again.

The Angel of the Lord moved ahead to another spot.
There was no turning to right or left.
The donkey saw the Angel.
This time the donkey simply sat down.
Balaam was furious.
Balaam struck the donkey.

Then, the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey…
The Lord did this.
Can you imagine?

I have had many a “donkey” (KJV says “ass&rdquoWinking talk to me, but nothing like this.

Learn from Balaam.
Be not like him…

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The Word: Episode 1176, Daniel 8:22-25

“Error of Balaam - 5”

January 22, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 5”

Blessings folk!

Reread the passage from yesterday…

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam,
“What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”


The Lord was angry.
The Lord sent the Angel of the Lord to stand in the way of Balaam…to be an adversary against him.
Humm….

The donkey saw the angel.
Balaam did not.

Wonder why?

Could it be because Balaam had his eyes/attention/focus upon the things of the world?

Could it be because Balaam was walking in disobedience?

Could it be that he was after the money, the power, the honor that had been promised?

Such will cloud our vision.
Such will render us blind to the things of the Lord.

We desire for the Lord to be an adversary for us, not an adversary against us.

Seek to see Him.

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The Word: Episode 1175 Daniel 8:15-27

“The Error of Balaam - 4”

January 21, 2020

“The Error of Balaam - 4”

Blessings folk!

We saw earlier that Balaam went back to check with God again.
To see if the Lord had changed His mind.
What Balaam was really doing…as we will see…was to discern if there was some way to take the offer presented to him.

The Lord knew all this.
The Lord gave Balaam over to what he wanted.
The Lord told him to go with the representatives.

Num 22:21
So Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey and went with the leaders of Moab.


Read carefully what happened…

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam,
“What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”

The donkey said to Balaam,
“Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden all your life to this day?
Have I ever been accustomed to do so to you?”
And he said, “No.”

The Lord was angry with Balaam because he was going.
“But” someone will say. “Did not the Lord tell him to go?”
This is the “giving over element”.

Balaam had already been told what to do.
He was obedient.
Now, like a petulant child, he wanted a different answer.
The Lord simply was saying “do as you want”.

We do likewise.

Seek to not do so.
Listen to the Lord.
Know His Word.
Obey the Spirit.

Do as He leads.

…to be continued…

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The Word: Episode 1174 Daniel 8:15-27

“The Error of Balaam - 3”

January 20, 2020

“The Error of Balaam - 3”

Blessings folk!

We continue with the story of Balaam…

Num 22:15-20

Then Balak again sent leaders, more numerous and more distinguished than the former.

They came to Balaam and said to him,
“Thus says Balak the son of Zippor, ‘Let nothing, I beg you, hinder you from coming to me;

for I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me.
Please come then, curse this people for me.’”

Balaam replied to the servants of Balak,
“Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold,
I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD my God.

“Now please, you also stay here tonight,
and I will find out what else the LORD will speak to me.”

God came to Balaam at night and said to him,
“If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them;
but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.”

King Balak would not take “no” as an answer.

Balak sent more…
More leaders.
More numerous leaders.
More distinguished leaders.

Balak offered more…
More money.
More honor.
More of whatever Balaam wanted.

Balak simply wanted these people cursed so that he could defeat them.

Balaam gave the proper/correct response…
“I can do nothing contrary to the command of the Lord my God”.

But, then Balaam said this…
“Stay here tonight and I will find out what else the Lord will speak to me”.

Why did he say this?

The Lord was using all this to reveal the true heart of Balaam…the error of Balaam.

Balaam was saying “I’ll check with God to see if He has changed His mind…”

Balaam was enticed by the honor, the power, the money, etc.

God gave him over to it.

The Lord said “rise up and go with them, but only the word I speak to you shall you do”.

The Lord had not changed His mind.

He simply gave Balaam over to his desires.

Balaam knew what the Lord wanted.
But, now he thought he had changed the Lord’s mind.

He would regret this.

The Lord would use this.

…to be continued…

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