ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Integrity in the House

Updated on May 3, 2011

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.

The Objective

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

BUT,

We are consistent

We are wholesome

We are God’s people, triumphant and victorious.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)