What is “the way of Balaam”? Balaam was a man who was not so very different from many who “say” they serve “the LORD” (Yehovah); he knew the Creators name, “Yehovah” and called Yehovah, “his Elohim” (his lawmaker and judge). However, just like most who “say they are Yehovah’s,” something was wrong and Elohim purposed to use His messenger to destroy him.
The commentaries of Peter, Jude and Revelation warns Yehovah’s called-out people not to go in the “doctrines” and “way of Balaam.” What is this way that we are not to go in?
The Way Of Balaam
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. (2Pe 2:15)
But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. (Jud 1:10-13)
But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. (Rev 2:14)
Today we are going to learn what the “way of Balaam” is, and next week we will see this same man, a Gentile, moved to speak by spirit Elohim. The sad thing about this story for me is that while Balaam knew Yehovah’s name and called Him his Elohim, he never actually left the kingdom of his birth and joined himself to Yehovah’s called-out people, “a nation not numbered among the other nations” and was eventually killed by Yehovah people. I guess there will be many who will futilely call on the name of Yehovah before the end, but He will not hear them. Why? They have gone the way of Balaam.
The Way Of Balaam
2N12 Numbers 21 – 23
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