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February 21 - Morning

"The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam,
they told him what Balak had said.

“Spend the night here,” Balaam said to them, “and I will report back to you with the answer the Lord gives me.” So the Moabite officials stayed with him.

God came to Balaam and asked, 
“Who are these men with you?”

Balaam said to God,
“Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message:
 ‘A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land. Now come and put a curse on them for me. Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.’”

But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”

 The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s officials, “Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.”

So the Moabite officials returned to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”

Then Balak sent other officials, more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 16 They came to Balaam and said:

“This is what Balak son of Zippor says: Do not let anything keep you from coming to me,  because I will reward you handsomely and do whatever you say. Come and put a curse on these people for me.”

But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God. Now spend the night here so that I can find out what else the Lord will tell me.”

That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, go with them, but do only what I tell you.”

- Numbers 22:7-20

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Balaam the Prophet for Profit    

Balaam is a prophet from Mesopotamia, well known among people of his generation, who had legitimate contact and revelation from God. Balaam repeatedly claims that he can only say what the Lord permits him, and Balaam’s prophecies are recorded in scripture (Numbers 23-24) and often studied for their prophetic value.

Balaam is a professional prophet who will practice his craft for a price. He is condemned and used as an example of a corrupt ministry in:

  • Numbers 31:8-16 – where Balaam is killed with the Midianites
  • Deuteronomy 23:4-5 – Balaam hired to curse Israel and he tried to curse Israel, but God would not listen to him
  • Second Peter 2:15 – Balaam loved the wages of wickedness, and was willing to engage in evil in order to gain money
  • Jude 11 – Bible teachers and pastors today rush into Balaam’s error just for financial gain
  • Revelation 2:14 – since the Lord would not allow Balaam to curse Israel, Balaam taught the Midianites to induce Israel to sin so that God would not be able to bless them, but would instead have to punish them.

When Moab’s king, Balak, saw the Israelites approaching he and the Midianites were “overcome with fear” (22:3). The elders of Moab and Midian went north into Mesopotamia to secure the services of a greater diviner and a greater power than they had apparently had available. The text says they took “with them the fee for divination,” which is from the Hebrew phrase uqsamim beyaddam which is literally translated “carrying divination in their hands.” Frequently this is translated as “a diviners fee” similar to the NIV, or as equipment used for divination, or a reference to men skilled in divination. In ancient texts from Mari people seeking help in divination would be sent along with things that had already been used in their own attempt at divination such as clay models of intestines, livers and other things used to secure the desired answer or result (see here). If this is the case, then the elders of Moab and Midian took with them the objects used by their local diviners, such as clay models of the intestines (pic here) used to divine the future. These models probably showed Moab’s defeat in a conflict with Israel. When Balak’s diviners saw these fateful results, they left with “their divination results in their hand” to seek assistance from the greatest diviner/prophet of their time, Balaam.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"I am in the habit of walking
on the earth, not of worshipping it.”

– Clement of Alexandria,
195 AD
Something to Ponder??
The Largest 25 Denominations in
North America:

1.The Catholic Church
2. Southern Baptist Convention
3. The United Methodist Church
4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
5. The Church of God in Christ
6. National Baptist Convention of USA
7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8. National Baptist Convention of America
9. Assemblies of God
10. Presbyterian Church
11. African Methodist Episcopal Church
12. National Missionary Baptist Convention
13. The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod
14. The Episcopal Church
15. Pentecostal Assemblies of the World
16. Churches of Christ
17. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
18. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion
19. American Baptist Churches
20. Jehovah’s Witnesses
21. Church of God
22. Christian Churches and Churches of Christ  
23. Seventh-day Adventist Church
24. United Church of Christ
25. Progressive National Baptist Convention
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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Racham (Hb) – Compassion (Eng) – racham is the Hebrew word that means “to have compassion,” “to be merciful,” “to have pity.” Racham is used by God to describe himself in Exodus 33:19. Also used in Psalm 25:6 and Isaiah 54:7-8.


Elijah’s taunting of the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel shows that he was familiar with the same myths of the Baal religion and the theology of the prophets of Baal that we find in the ancient texts and inscriptions. These record prayers and rituals used to awaken the gods, call them back from an excursion into another land, or get a Baal’s attention because he was occupied with other deity-like business. Elijah mockingly says to them, “Shout louder! Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling.  Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
(1 Kings 18:26-30)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I do seek God and do what is right because of the physical benefits I receive from this behavior?
Or, do I seek God and live righteously because these are truth and reality?
  "To do what is right and just
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."
- Proverbs 21:3
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Exodus 7 Numbers 11 Leviticus 24
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Listen to someone in need Long for Christ’s return Taxation Armenia
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

This is the territory that Ishmael's sons moved into according to Genesis 25:12-18. (click on image for larger size)

This is a water trough at the Pool of Siloam. The cylinder holes are designed to hold the base of a water jar while it is being filled up.
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