June 25, 2017
Yes, my friend Satan as a serpent stood in the shadows of curiosity and tricked Eve into believing the forbidden fruit was Divine liberation.
Yes, my friend Cain stood in the nebulous environs of hate and rage and thought that he would secretly shed his brother’s blood and never get caught.
Yes, my friend Absalom thought he could graciously stand in the shade of the gate and manipulate the hearts of Israel away from David and never stand trial for his treachery. Of course, his case did end up in a hung jury…
Yes, my friend Balaam thought he could surreptitiously engender scandal against Israel by inventing a God reckoning scenario against Israel; he could hide behind his psychic powers and prophetic garb while gleefully formulating a poisonous relationship in Israel’s camp, a public illicit affair between an Israelite and Midianite at Peor. But God hates hands that shed innocent blood; God hates those who sow discord among the brethren; he despise those who would use their influence to create an infection; and at Peor the infection of sin brought Judgment and it seemed that Balaam was safe in the shadows of his Greed Doctrine. Yes, his phantom folly didn’t stay hidden in obscurity and peaceful retirement; he didn’t get to enjoy the rotten fruits of his manipulative reward. The Bible reveals that his sudden end came to light…these all failed the Sun test…listen now.