Friday, March 2, 2012
Welcome to Day 61 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Numbers 30 gives instructions for vows taken by women, and how if they are young daughters living at home, that their father has influence on the validity of their vows. The same thing with married women and their husbands. And if they are widowed or divorced, their vows stand.
Numbers 31, what a chapter! God commands the army of Israel to attack the Midianites…
In this attach, Balaam is killed. Here is the verse that showed why Balaam was killed (and considered to be a false prophet, as mentioned in 2 Peter, Jude and Revelation.) v 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people.”
(Did you remember that Moses married a Midianite woman when he fled Egypt? There seems to be some dispute as to whether Moses had married only once, or twice… Miriam and Aaron were murmuring against Moses and his “Cushite” wife… If he had actually married a Cushite woman or if this was just a slur against Zipporah?)
On one hand, Balaam blessed Israel… on the other had, he enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD… You can’t have it both ways. Like Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters.” It cost him his life… mixing “divination” (also translated “sorcery”) and serving God is a mismatch. Even if a person claims their power (or gives credit) to “god.” Ultimately it cost him his life.
Mark 9 is the account of the transfiguration of Jesus, when both Moses and Elijah appear to him. Peter, James and John were witnesses to this amazing event…
v 7 “Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud:
“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Jesus healed a boy who had a spirit that kept him from talking… He would convulse and foam at the mouth (seizures…). Jesus healed the boy. Awesome!
Jesus said, “whoever is not against us is for us.”
Forty years had passed since the Exodus from Egypt… Moses had lived in Egypt from Birth to age 40. He is now 120. Been 40 years since he lived in Midian… Just wondering if there was anyone there that he had known…. wife Zipporah’s relatives, etc…
I wonder how Moses felt about warring against the people who had taken him in at one point in his life?
I also wonder what it was like for Peter, James and John to have witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration? To have seen with their own eyes Moses and Elijah! To have heard God’s voice saying, “This is my son whom I love. Listen to him.” Wow!
My application today has nothing to do with my Observations under the O section… Just reflecting on Balaam’s downfall… how he encouraged the Moabites and Midianites to entice the Israelites away from the Lord… (by using the Moabite women to lead them astray.)
At the same time he was blessing Israel and God was speaking to him, he was also helping them (the Moabites and Midianites) devise a plan to lead them (the Israelites) astray!
Moral of the story? Not everyone who “blesses” you has your best interests in mind. Note to self. Sexual sin will lead a person astray spiritually faster than just about anything…
Wondering how this fits with what Jesus said, “He who is not against us is for us?”
In a word, wisdom. Ok, two words… and, discernment.
Lord give me wisdom and discernment.