Integrity in the House
prophet for hire
Integrity in the House
Balaam /Balak Numbers 22:
Integrity is from the word integer, which means wholesome or complete. It represents honesty, honor, truthfulness, uprightness and reliability. It is a word that gives meaning to consistency and relativity. People in leadership position must be consistent in their honor, respect, uprightness and impartiality.
To aggrandize the truth is to be dishonest and some of us seems to have made a covenant with enlarging the truth.
If the truth is indeed the truth then it doesn’t need any enhancement.
When an individual, especially a leader, goes off into blatant exaggeration then he is saying that the truth is not enough. They are saying that they have to enhance the truth to make it acceptable.
Therefore, in religious situations, a spirit of dishonesty will creep in, for he his saying;
“My spiritual covering is not enough so I must creep from under the blood covering in order to satisfy my inconsistency, my greed and my dishonesty.
The spirit of Balaam
The king of Moab, Balak and his people had become dispirited and disheartened at the realization that the host of Israel was now approaching their borders.
Balak had heard of the children of Israel’s success against other nations with which they had contended.
Balak had heard how the Lord had gone before them to bring destruction to all who stud in opposition to Israel and so fear filled the kings heart.
In his dire situation he decided to employ one who had distinguished himself as a “prophet for hire” and he found such a prophet called Balaam.
He hired Balaam to the intent that he would curse God’s people (22:11) but little did he know that a principle existed and that is;
· you cannot curse what God has blessed!
Only you have the authority to bring a curse upon yourself. As an obedient child of God you were blessed from the moment you entered the kingdom.
Curses come only when you are deceived, fallen off into rebellion and have received the word of dishonesty.
The kingdom is reproached today as we suffer “prophet for hire” to dawn our pulpits.
Saved by an Ass (22:21-35)
After Balaam’s near miss with death and even though he went ahead and did as the Lord commanded yet he was still inconsistent in his behavior.
Jude 1:11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.
The Church at Pergamos
In the Book of Revelation we see the Lord sums it all up in John vision as we read in Revelation 2:14
“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality”.
In this we see the Lord, as he gave John the vision to the church in Pergamos in Revelation 2:12 -17.
There was a church in Pergamos who allowed the doctrine of Balaam to creep in among its members to the dissatisfaction of the Lord.
Doctrine of Balaam who taught Balak
a. To eat things sacrificed to idols (HBO/Direct TV)
b. To commit fornication
Gratify the King (Numbers 24:14)
“Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in the time to come.”
Balaam had forgotten about pleasing the King of Kings because he was too much full of himself.
Even though Balaam had nearly missed death and went ahead to do what the Lord had bidden him yet, Balaam could not over-ride self.
He wanted to please the king before he returned to his house and possibly, to keep his name as a “prophet for hire”.
When you are in his business, one unsatisfied customer, especially a king can have detrimental effect on your continuation in his line of work.
Balaam relayed to the king that if you are unable to get them in the wash then get them in the rinse.
And therefore he told the king of another way to obtain the same objective by using female charm.
“While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women”, (Numbers 25:1)
“But those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. (Numbers 25:9)
“Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba--the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. (Numbers 31:8)
Because of the doctrine of Balaam, which implied; when every thing else has failed put the women to work.
Gill’s exposition of the Bible (Numbers 25:9)
“Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam,.... Who advised the Midianites to send their women into the camp of Israel, and allure them to uncleanness, and so draw them into idolatry, which counsel they followed and it succeeded; for, by this means, they were brought
to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor; by worshipping Baalpeor, the god of the Moabites and Midianites; whereby they transgressed the commandment of God, which forbid them having and worshipping any other gods besides him, and is a sin highly offensive to him, being greatly derogatory to his honour and glory”
And there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord; for that sin; and in that plague died 24,000 persons.
The penalty for Israel was 24,000 souls that had become a victim of licentious behavior that was created by a prophet that was lacking in integrity.
The price for dishonesty is exceedingly high.
God desires us to be people of integrity that is founded on the truth of Gods word.
We are not akin to the world; we are a new spiritual nation.
We are not presumptuous (2Pet.2:9)
We do not walk after the flesh
We do not despise government
We do not speak evil of dignities
We are consistent
We are wholesome
We are God’s people, triumphant and victorious.
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