May 18, Reading 1 – Numbers 30-31

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SAA Notes

Vows are directly related to the Third Commandment – “You shall not misuse (take in vain) the name of the LORD your God.” Every time a Christian promises, signs something or takes a vow, we automatically involve the Name of God. It’s like a child involves the name of his/her family in whatever he/she gets up to.

SJA Notes

“Behold, these, on Balaam’s advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the LORD in the incident of Peor, so that the plague came among the congregation of the LORD.”

We read here the truth of who Balaam was, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a snake in the grass.

It was his advice mixed into the terrible tragedy of Peor,

“So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the LORD was angry against Israel.” Numbers 25:3

Jesus has clear words to say about people like Balaam,

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognise them by their fruits.”

We see the fruit of Balaam was idolatry and gross moral failing (which Paul warns very strongly against in Galatians 5:19-21).

Let us be alert against this kind of activity in our church families.

And as well, let us be convicted of our own continual need for Jesus, without whom our fruit is dead and diseased.

We have been grafted into the true vine, and our fruit is to be health and good (Galatians 5:22-23).

* Merciful God,

We read today of the truth of Balaam – Please protect us against Balaam’s in our time!

Lord we are weak and weary, troubled and lost – Be our strength, our wisdom, our light and path!

Please show us today what You have for us.

Please aright our hearts and minds today, back towards You.

Amen.

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