The Word: Episode 1204 Daniel 9:27, Matthew 25:41-46

“Error of Balaam - 30”

February 19, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 30”

Blessings folk!

Moses had just told the judges of Israel to kill all those who had joined themselves to Baal of Peor.

Then, more happens…

Num 25:6-9

Then behold, one of the sons of Israel came and brought to his relatives a Midianite woman,
in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the sons of Israel,
while they were weeping at the doorway of the tent of meeting.

When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it,
he arose from the midst of the congregation and took a spear in his hand,

and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and pierced both of them through,
the man of Israel and the woman, through the body.
So the plague on the sons of Israel was checked.

Those who died by the plague were 24,000.

One of the sons of Israel flaunted his sin before Moses, all the congregation and God.
He did so while they were weeping before the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting.

Phinehas…the son of Eliaza…the son of Aaron the priest saw it and took action.

Notice the action was immediate.
He did not consult with man.
He did not set up a committee meeting.
He moved boldly based upon the Word of the Lord.

That is what we need to see.
He acted based upon the Word of the Lord.

Phinehas went after the man of Israel.
Phinehas literally went into their tent and pierced them both through.
(I wonder if he did this with a single thrust? Did he judge them “in the very act”?)

Regardless, both were killed.

This action by Phinehas checked/stopped the plague of the Lord upon the sons of Israel.
Still, some 42,000 had died.

We will see more about Phinehas tomorrow.

One more interesting point for today.

God names the perpetrators.
He gives lineage.
Often, (usually?), the Lord leaves such unnamed, not even honoring them with a name in the Word.

But, in this case…

Num 25:14-15

Now the name of the slain man of Israel who was slain with the Midianite woman,
was Zimri the son of Salu, a leader of a father’s household among the Simeonites.

The name of the Midianite woman who was slain was Cozbi the daughter of Zur,
who was head of the people of a father’s household in Midian.

Offspring of leadership.

None is above judgment.

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The Word: Episode 1203 Daniel 9:27, Matthew 25:31-40

“Error of Balaam - 29”

February 18, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 29”

Blessings folk!

Balaam counseled Balak on how to destroy the people of the Lord.

Corrupt them from within.

Tempt them with food.
Tempt them with festival.
Tempt them with women.
Then, it will only be small step to other gods…

Num 25:1-5

While Israel remained at Shittim,
the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.

For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods,
and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel.

The LORD said to Moses,
“Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before the LORD,
so that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.”

So Moses said to the judges of Israel,
“Each of you slay his men who have joined themselves to Baal of Peor.”

The Lord called for the execution of all people who had joined themselves to Baal of Peor.
The people.
The leaders.

The fierce anger of the Lord had broke forth…a plague.

24,000 died.

Num 25:9
Those who died by the plague were 24,000.

An act of zealousness stayed the plague.

Wait until you see what it was…

For now…

Do not join yourselves to “Baal”.
Seek the Lord.
Ask Him to reveal those things that are displeasing to Him.
Eliminate them by the power of the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 1202 Daniel 9:27, Matthew 25:14-30

“Error of Balaam - 28”

February 17, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 28”

Blessings folk!

Balaam gave Balak some unsolicited advise.
Balaam told Balak how to battle the children of the Lord.
They could be corrupted.
From the inside.

Num 31:16
“Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam,
to trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor,
so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD.


What is the “matter of Peor”?

Num 25:1-3

While Israel remained at Shittim,
the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.

For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods,
and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel.

Israel remained at Shittim.
While there, they went against the Word of the Lord.
The Lord had told them to not take other people as mates for their sons/daughters.

Deu 7:3
“Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them;
you shall not give your daughters to their sons,
nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.


They did.

The Lord calls it “play the harlot”.

They did so with the daughters of Moab.

This is serious, as we will see.

What did it lead to?

The Moabites invited the people of the Lord to the sacrifices/meals to their gods.
The people of the Lord went.

They thereby, quickly, joined themselves to Baal of Peor.
Baal, another god who was against the Most High God.

The Lord was angry against Israel.

Such syncretism between the true way of the Lord and the gods of the world is the norm today, even within professing groups of believers.

So much of what we do is “of Baal” rather than of the Lord.

Seek the Lord.

He will reveal the truth to you.

The matter of Peor has only begun…

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The Word: Episode 1201 Daniel 9:17, Matthew 15:1-13

“Error of Balaam - 27”

February 16, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 27”

Blessings folk!

Back to the Balaam account…long, no? LOL

Balaam went home.
Story over, correct?

Not quite.

Balaam had given counsel to Balak.
Balaam told Balak how to defeat Israel.

They could not defeat Israel on the battle field.
The Lord had blessed them.
The Lord protected them.

Israel could be defeated through corruption.
They would choose the way of the flesh rather than the way of the Lord.

How do I know?

The Lord tells us…

Num 31:16
“Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam,
to trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor,
so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD.

What is the matter of Peor?
Who are “these”?

We will see tomorrow.

For today, stand firm in the Lord.
Resist the flesh.

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The Word: Episode 1200 Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:42-51