Balaam, Evil Genius

Reblogged from Tower of Strength

Tower of Strength

In contexts warning against false teachers, New Testament authors sometimes cite the example of Balaam.

Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet (2 Peter 2:15-16, cf. Jude 11).

This tale is found in Numbers 22-24. The children of Israel had been wandering in the wilderness, and had come to the plains of Moab. The Moabites and Midianites were trembling with fear because the people of Israel were so numerous, and had proven mighty in battle. So King Balak, with the leaders of the Moabites and Midianites, hired Balaam the prophet to curse Israel.

God warned Balaam in a dream not to go, and not to curse Israel…

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