The Sacrifice of Obedience…

Read: Numbers 23-25
Marked: Numbers 23:1, Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars for me here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.”

Three times Balak sought to have Balaam curse Israel and three times God turned the curse into a blessing. Balak did religious things (building altars and sacrificing animals). He was doing right things for wrong reasons.

God won’t bless our outward religious acts if our hearts are not aligned with His. It’s not our religious acts that please God, but we please Him by obedience to His Word.

In 1 Samuel 15:22 we read, “So Samuel said, ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the day of rams’”


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