Still thinking about Bible Study Fellowship from yesterday. We have an awesome teacher! Plus there were over fifteen women in most discussion groups. As a point of reflection, and so I don’t forget, from now on … on Thursdays I plan to share with you some practical truths I learned or re-learned on Wednesdays.
As I think about Bak and Bal (my short names for Balak and Balaam) I first need to openly admit I come to our study with much prejudice. As the character of Balaam was used by my Daddy (as a child) to address our everyday behavior. Yes, my Daddy, our Daddy would ask us who we were going to serve on a regular. Daddy would simply question our service by saying and I quote … “If you are going to serve Baal, than serve Baal (meaning serve whole heartily).”
And Israel joined himself unto Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. Numbers 25:3
Please note Balaam is the son of Peor.
He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. Numbers 22:5-6 (KJV)
So, back to the Bak and Bal partnership.
Bak was simply afraid of the large numbers of people coming out of Egypt. And Bal was just another hired hand. Much of this same type of fear still exists today and is exhibited in many different forms of oppression. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not reached perfection in love.
What she said is “Fear is not rational”