Summary: Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous
Balaam was a Gentile prophet, who lived at Pethor in Mesopotamia
He was hired by Balak, a Moabite king, who urged him to “curse” the Israelites. (Failed)
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Num 24:3 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
1. THE REALITY OF DEATH. 10 Let me die the death of the righteous,
(a) The Certainty Of Death - Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
(b) The Complexity Of Death - Death can come anytime -infancy, adolesence, etc.
"Death may come with a leap or a crawl. It comes, though, and it comes to all!"
(c) The Cruelty Of Death 10 Let me die the death
Separation of the body and spirit (that part of man that is in the image of God [Gen 1:26]
2. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DEATH. 10 Let me die the death of the righteous,
He Wanted To Die The Death, But He Didn’t Want To Live The Life
A. He had the Wish, but not the Will
B. He had the Desire, but not the Determination
C. He wanted to be a saint in heaven, but didn’t want to live as a saint on earth.
D. He prayed for the reward of the righteous, but “loved the wages of unrighteousness”
E. He prayed for riches in heaven, but his eyes were on the riches of the world
F. He prayed that in death he might be counted with the righteous, but in life, he was willing to be numbered with the wicked.
G. He prayed for himself to be saved, but caused others to be lost
Balaam Saw:- (a) Their Protection
23 Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God‘s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
(b) Their Promise 24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain (c) Their Prosperity ch. 24:5-6. How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! 6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. (d) Their Presence 23 according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! (e) Their Peace 10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!