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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Bible Passage:2 Peter 2:15

forsaking the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.

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They should have taught the right way: how we must cling to Christ, and come to God by faith, and through love to our neighbor; and after that bear the holy cross, and endure whatever meets us on that account.  But they lead the people away from faith to their own works, which are not such as are of use to their neighbor.  Having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.  Here St. Peter brings in an illustration from Numbers 22-24.  Although God gave Balaam His Word in his mouth, and he was forced to rise up to bless and glorify the children of Israel, nevertheless the prophet afterward gave Balak, the king of the Moabites, counsel how he should deal with God's people, although he could not curse them and overcome them by power so that they sinned against God.  Then the king sets up an idol, Baal-Peor, and orders that the Moabite women, daughters of lords and princes, should entice the people to themselves to sacrifice to their gods; and when they had brought them to themselves, they made supplication to the idol with meats and drinks, and committed sin with the women.  Then was God angry and commanded the chief of the people to be hanged on the gallows.  Such was this prophet Balaam's advice for the sake of gold.  Thus Peter compares especially these false teachers to the prophet Balaam, since they, even like Balaam, purely for the sake of gold, set up such idolatry and ruined souls.

Destroy their counsels, Lord our God,
And smite them with an iron rod,
And let them fall into the snare
Which for Thy Christians they prepare.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
To be Lutheran is to be Christian -- and Vice Versa!

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