Numbers 21-25

So I had a sinus infection and decided to take it easy on myself.  I did each of the daily readings and today finished Numbers 25.  In these chapters we have the story of Balaam’s donkey.  When I was in Sunday School I got the impression that Balaam was one of God’s prophets somehow.  It is interesting to see how he is a spiritist from an enemy nation.  His fingerprints are even over the plan of sending Midianite and Moabite women to seduce the Israelite men and lead them into idolatry.  What warfare does not achieve, sex comes closer to achieving.  Is sex something that can lead you astray?

Questions

  1. What does the Moabite king offer Balaam if he will curse Israel?
  2. What does Balaam reply to these offers?
  3. How does a plan using sex get further than occult practices?
  4. How does sex distract God’s people today?
  5. How is sex rightly integrated into your life?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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1 Response to Numbers 21-25

  1. David S says:

    Numbers 25 is personally my favorite bible story. I always found it really interesting the way events occurred, and have always noted sex played a huge part in it. I find it interesting when looking at Numbers 25 in context of the earlier chapters, and the point that sex achieves what occur practice could not is a startling but very very accurate one. Right away this made me realize how powerful sex can often be compared to other “greater evils” I would normally think of. The perspective this passage offers is accurate and something we need to be more aware of; sex has positive and negative power depending on how its wielded, and when it is wielded negatively, we should regard it as more dangerous than witchcraft. I don’t normally think like that, but from the analysis of the passage and questions posted I feel that is a safe and important idea I need to become more aware of.

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