Bible In One Year-Day 70 (Tuesday, March 11, 2014)
Commentary Num31-33. According to Webster dictionary, vengeance is defined as punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense: a retribution. Hebrews 10:30 “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth to me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.”
God instructed Moses to set out for vengeance against the Midianites for deceiving and leading the Israelites astray. Balaam was also a target because he played a vital role in leading the Israelites astray; 2 Peter 2:15 “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;” also Jude 1:11 “Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”
The vengeance of God was total destruction. How do we apply this to the present age as you can’t do such warfare? First we must realize that there was war and therefore, we need to know that spiritual warfare is absolutely needful to have peace with God and man. Though those people were killed according to God’s instruction, the spirits of what they did still lingers and these are what we do warfare against. Balaam represent satanic priests (which cast spells and jinxes), spirit of error and deception, evil counsels, unrighteousness and hypocrisy, spiritual hired assassins, evil diversion and satanic monitors. The Midian kings represent satanic controlling powers or spiritual strong men that cause separation and divisions amongst brethren; their intentions are as stipulated in Psalm2. They cause delay in reaching the Promise Land through seductions and lust. They represent idolatry and harlotry. Once these evils are dealt with in a man’s life, progress is inevitable. Such person becomes highly prosperous. The killing of any woman who had known a man intimately is to get rid of any seed of revenge in the womb (you need to read those chapters to understand this), i.e. some of them might be carrying a baby in the womb that would become problems to them later. These spirits mentioned should be rid off our lives if we really want to progress. It is important to note that if any of these spirits is left behind, it would become problems to generations unborn as mentioned in Num33:55-56. This is the problem Israel is having today. There are a lot of Balaam ministries out there that preach and teach heresies against the Lord. Motivational speakers are more than the spirit inspired ministers. They pump philosophies in peoples’ heart and these are responsible for the high level of evils in the society. The church used to be a place of refuge, but it is now a place of death (Den of lions). People are being taught to please the flesh rather than to submit to God. Eloquent speeches are what we hear now instead of life giving messages, John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life”.
Jesus’ words gave demons no comfort in the lives of the hearers; it is not the case anymore; the messages we hear pampers demons in peoples’ lives. Perversion of what God has ordained is so rampant. God abhors relationship between man to man, but it is regarded as gifts from God nowadays. (When you see man lusting after another man or woman lusting after another woman, it is the demons within that are doing that which is manifested physically through the participants. The moment these demons are cast out, the human beings doing it will eventually come to their right mind). The word of God is being sugarcoated thereby losing its power. The world is now at the Acacia Grove, satanic bus-stop, where you couldn’t separate the church from the world; the world is in the church and the church mixed with the world. In John17, Jesus prayed for His own and not for the world, but His own are now joining themselves with the world. Chapter33 is about the record of the journey of the Israelites. It must be known that a record of the activities in the journey of our lives is being kept. God is a God of records; Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works”. Man may approve you, you may even approve yourself, and the real and final approval is on the last day at the judgment seat. You may have your own record of malice and bitterness, anger, gossip, slander, resentment and un-forgiveness, the proper record from which we shall all be judged are kept by the angels of God, and God will do the final marking;
1 Corinthians 4:4-5 “For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”
It is good for us to read Proverbs3, but I shall leave us with an excerpt from that chapter for us to ponder upon; Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones”. We are rounding up the reading of the book of Numbers today, Num34-36. Keep the fire burning and alive. GOD IS BIGGER THAN EVERY MOUNTAIN THAT YOU CAN OR CANNOT CLIMB.