Readings for the Thursday after Pentecost

“I would not be able to go beyond the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own will.  What the Lord speaks, that will I speak.”

Sounds like a good verse for a pastor.  Perhaps a good verse to use for the ordination of  a pastor.  What is spoken by a pastor better be the Lord’s words only!  Otherwise a pastor creates their own truth or tries to convince by couching their ideas in verses from the Bible.  Surprisingly though this phrase is not from a prophet or a wiseman or a psalmist it is the words of a seer named Balaam (yeah the one with the talking donkey – yet another good example for pastors).  Balaam is supposed to curse but instead he blesses.  He speaks no more than what God gives him to speak.  But Balaam is also the person who leads some of the Israelites into sexual immorality and idolatry.  He dies at the Israelite’s hands.  Small snapshots this unique Biblical character tell me that getting it right doesn’t happen by chance, only when you are connected to the source.  Balaam fell victim to greed and worldly honor even though he was capable of and knew the only good.

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