Exodus: Balaam’s Choices

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<“Exodus: Balaam’s Choices

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. UNDERSTANDING BALAAM
A. BACKGROUND OF BALAAM

>>1. DETOUR (Num 22 – 25; Gen 25)
>>2. DRIVE (II Tim 3:8-9)

B. MOTIVATION OF BALAAM
>>1. DECISION (Num 22:1-6; Deut 2:9)
>>2. DECLARATION (Num 22:12-13, 18-19)
>>3. DISOBEDIENCE (Num 22:20-21)
>>4. DONKEY (Num 22:22-35)

C. MESSAGE OF BALAAM
>>1. DIVINATION (Num 23:1-13; 23:13-26; Num 23:27-24:10)
>>2. DISCLOSURE (Num 24:11-23)
>>3. DEATH (Num 25:1-9, 17; 31:8)

II. PROGRESSING LESSONS
A. ERROR OF BALAAM

>>1. JUDE 1:11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion
>>2. STILL TODAY . . .

B. WAY OF BALAAM
>>1. II PETER 2:14b-15 Cursed children, they have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with human voice restrained the madness of the prophet.
>>2. STILL TODAY . . .

C. COUNSEL OF BALAAM
>>1. NUMBERS 31:16 Behold, these, on Balaam’s counsel, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the LORD
(also Deut 23:4; Josh 13:22; Neh 13:2; Mic 6:5)
>>2. STILL TODAY . . .

D. DOCTRINE OF BALAAM
>>1. REVELATION 2:14-17 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. Similarly, you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.
(also Lev 20:26; Mt 5:13; Gal 5:9; I Tim 6:5)
>>2. STILL TODAY . . . (Eph 4:25; Prov 23:20; II Pet 1:5; Acts 24:24-25)


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