Sunday, July 3, 2011

Balaam Question

Question Received:
Was Balaam saved? He obeyed the Word of the Lord (Numbers 22:13 and 18) showed sincere signs of repentance (Numbers 22:34) and he prophesied the coming of Jesus(Numbers 24:17) but Jude 11 warns against his errors and Jesus teaches against his doctrine in Revelations 2. So was Balaam truly saved?

Question Answered:
Was the prophet Balaam saved by his actions? NO. Here is what Matthew Henry, a famous and trusted Bible expositor in the early 1700's, wrote concerning concerning Balaam in his commentary on Numbers 24- "Now Balaam spake not his own sense, but the language of the Spirit that came upon him. Many have their eyes open who have not their hearts open; are enlightened, but not sanctified. That knowledge which puffs men up with pride, will but serve to light them to hell, whither many go with their eyes open."
Balaam was a local prophet from around Israel and was not a Hebrew. He appears in the Bible right after the Hebrews forty year sojourn with Moses.

God will will be done. The Lord had a plan for Israel. Balaam was not going to stop it. If you read the whole chapter it was surly the Lord's will not Balaam's that declared the favor of the Lord for Israel and the coming Savior. The Lord was blessing Israel despite Balaam and his evil self serving heart.
The Lord forced blessing through Balaam's mouth. Why? Because Balaam had a pay for being a prophet for profit scheme. The Lord will not abide people speaking falsely about His decrees. The Lord declared truth trough this false profit. Please read Numbers chapters 22-24 again.

Numbers 22:13
English Standard Version (ESV)
"13So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, "Go to your own land, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."

Numbers 22:18
English Standard Version (ESV)
"18But Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the LORD my God to do less or more."

Balaam disobeyed the Lord and but yet he was corrected physically and verbally by the donkey. Balaam should have gotten that heavenly clue regarding his foolishness.
Balaam like all sinners at the time of judgement, and after the time of salvation, e will bow his knee and confess that the Lord is God one day. This does not mean they are saved. There has been a time for all for salvation. The time for salvation has passed for him. Our offer of salvation has an expiration date.

Romans 14:10-12
English Standard Version (ESV)
"10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God."
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God."
One day all will know "Jesus is Lord." Yet all will not be saved. You have heard that there is devil faith-he knows yet is not saved concerning the truth.

Balaam stated the obvious is his acknowledgement of God.
Numbers 22:34
English Standard Version (ESV)
"34Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back." He was forced to pay homage to God and yet there is no evidence of a sanctified life. Later you will see in the New Testament that he is a despicable man. Scripture does not dispute Scripture.

The Lord did have this unholy prophet give prophecy.
Numbers 24:17
English Standard Version (ESV)
17 I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead of Moab
and break down all the sons of Sheth.

The Apostle Peter, below writng and stating divine Scripture authored by God trough the Holy Spirit, has no edifying words toward Balaam.

2 Peter 2:15–16
"15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness."

Jude the half brother of Jesus called Balaam's way error. Again this is from the God authored Scripture.
Jude 11 (ESV)
11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.
Revelation 2:14

Here is the mention of Balaam by Jesus as He rebukes the church at Pergamum.
English Standard Version (ESV)
"14But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality."

The book of Numbers was written around 1,400 B.C.
1,400 years later when Jesus Christ is talking to John, He talks of a heinous sin and he references the work of Balaam. I know of no where else where the sin of the redeemed is referenced later as a sign of godless sin by Jesus.

Balaam shows that evil will not thwart God's plan of salvation for His people.
The Lord even made a mockery of this prophet by making him confess the way of salvation in a prophecy.
The Lord showed humor as he even had a donkey reason with this hard hearted and hard headed man.
We hear the gospel that "while we were yet sinners Christ died for us". Christ died in our place to appease God for our sins as we disregarded his holy Law. We repent and turn to the Lord who justifies us before God as he grants us peace with him and eternal life. The Lord continually wants to sanctify His people.
There is no biblical evidence that this happened to Balaam-we have quite the opposite record by the written records of Jesus and his New Testament.
Balaam was not converted.
I pray you will follow the Biblical account of salvation and have been or will be converted.
This truly is a matter of life or death.

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