Who was Balaam in the Bible?
Balaam was one of those noteworthy Old Testament characters who, though not one of God’s chosen people, was willing to acknowledge that Yahweh (the Lord) was indeed a powerful God. But he didn’t believe in the Lord as the only true God. Balaam’s story exposes the deception of maintaining an outward facade of spirituality over a corrupt inward life. Balaam was willing to obey God’s commands as long as he was going to profit from doing so. This mixture of motives, which was obedience for profit, eventually led to Balaam’s death. Although he realized the power of Israel’s God, his heart was occupied by the wealth he could gain in Moab. There he returned to die when the armies of Israel invaded.
Eventually each of us lives through the same process. Who we are will somehow come to the surface, destroying any masks we may have put on to cover up our real selves. Efforts spent on keeping up appearances would be much better spent on finding the answer to sin in our lives. We can avoid Balaam’s mistake by facing ourselves and realizing that God is willing to accept us for who we are, forgive us and literally transform us from within. Don’t miss this great opportunity that eluded Balaam. Ask God to show you who you really are and accept it. Then ask God to forgive you of your sin and to transform you into who you are supposed to be.
Have you asked God to forgive you? Do you know Jesus?
Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
Balaam’s story is told in the book of Numbers 22:1 – 24:25. He is also mentioned in Numbers 31:7, 8, 16; Deuteronomy 23:4, 5; Joshua 24:9, 10; Nehemiah 13:2; Micah 6:5; 2 Peter 2:15, 16; Jude 11 and Revelation 2:14
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