(April 25, 2014)
Here the sad tale of Balaam comes to a close. His efforts to subvert God’s commandments were successful (in a sense), in that he managed to get the Children of Israel to sin and a number of them to be destroyed. But, on the other hand, he himself was destroyed and he likely compromised greatly his own eternal reward. Whenever we seek legalistic methods for circumventing the commandments of God (rather than looking to obey both the spirit and the letter of the law), we put ourselves at risk for following Balaam’s path to destruction.