The story of Balaam and Balak is very popular- Numbers 22-24. By the end of chapter 24, you would think that Balaam passed the test but then Numbers 31:16 got me really curious.
Look, these [are the women who] caused the Israelites, by the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and so a plague came among the congregation of the Lord. Numbers 31:16 AMP
Balaam had tried to speak a curse over Israel but each time he opened his mouth blessings came instead and he made no apologies to Balak for it, (Even though as it appears, his mind was on Balak’s offer.)
Knowing he couldn’t curse Israel until sin is found in them, he advised Balak to send the Midianite women into their midst to lure them into sin, and the Israelites fell for it. As a result a plague fell upon them.
It does seem like Balaam could not hold unto his conviction long enough, it looks like the very mouth watery offer Balak presented him finally had him on his back, but that’s another story.
How come the children of Israel fell into Balaam and Balaks trap?
What is a trap?
The first thing that comes to mind is a device or enclosure designed to catch and retain animals, typically by allowing entry but not exit or by catching hold of a part of the body.
In the context of this post though, it would mean to trick or deceive (someone) into doing something contrary to their interests.
Traps usually have baits to lure animals into it. I remember once when I saw a rat run into my house one evening, I quickly purchased a trap, this one had a very strong adhesive on it. I got some dry fish pieces and sprinkled nicely over the trap as a bait to lure the rat to climb on it.
By the following morning we found the rat stuck on the trap, squeaking and wriggling as if trying to get off. We then got rid of the rat and I was very happy.
Sin has its pleasures. Talking about Moses the Bible says…
…he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:25 AMP
…that none of you may be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [by the fraudulence, the stratagem, the trickery which the delusive glamor of his sin may play on him]. Hebrews 3:13 AMP
We must refuse.
We must refuse to be taken by the enemy’s bait. He usually would tempt us in areas we have refused to strengthen ourselves spiritually… what we would call areas of weakness.
The enemy knows that his desire for us cannot come to pass until we rebel against God by sinning. So like he sent the midianites to the Israelites, he sends traps, covered with pleasure baits to bring us to the position where we can come under a curse.
Every disobedience will bring its terrible consequences, so we must fight against anything that wants to make us rebel against God and His word.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the obstinate and willful; he who guards himself will be far from them. Proverbs 22:5 AMP
We receive grace to win over sin as we abide in God by incessant prayers and fellowship with Him, studying and meditating on His word, speaking His word over our lives and keeping the right company.
- Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation… Matthew 26:41
- Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11
- Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 AMP
The enemy does not want the Church/believers to prosper. He knows that as long as any person lives a disobedient life, God cannot release Kingdom prosperity to him/her.
So keep the words of this covenant and obey them, so that you may prosper and be successful in everything that you do. Proverbs 29:9 AMP
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Proverbs 1:8 AMP
Obedience is VERY possible to a yielded heart, leaning on God and deciding every day to please Him. God’s grace is abundant and sufficient to enable us obey His every word. God is not mean, He will not ask us to do what He has not provided grace, wisdom and strength for us to do.
Recognize that every temptation to sin is a TRAP intentionally set by the enemy!
Do you want to prosper in life?
Will you choose obedience?
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