A Desolate Height

Balaam kept hoping that God would change His mind and let the prophet curse Israel and then Balak, the king of Moab who wanted Balaam to curse Israel, would give Balaam great riches for doing so. Once Balaam went to Balak and they offered sacrifices, Balaam said to Balak, “‘Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you.'” So he went to a desolate height” (Numbers 23:3).
Would God give a different answer in the desolate height than what He had in another location, such as back at Balaam’s home? Of course not. However, Balaam lusted for riches and it made him unreasonable to a degree. To a degree, because he still realized that he could only report what God said. The prophet did not pervert God’s word.
Greed brought the prophet down. Any lust we get in the heart will cause us to hope God will change His mind on matters, but He has spoken and He will not change.

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