Christmas has come and gone but the season still glitters with its aura. We all can still feel it and if you have received gifts, you are most likely feeling the goodness of Christmas more. Yesterday, I shared my greatest Christmas lessons because it is more about the lessons than the enjoyment. Very briefly, I will be sharing my notable Christmas lesson.
My notable Christmas lesson comes from one of the prophets in the old testament who prophesied about the coming Jesus Christ. There are many prophecies about Jesus Christ in the old testament starting from prophets like Moses (Deut. 18:15), Isaiah (Isaiah 9:6), Hosea (Hosea 11:1), Micah (Micah 5:2), etc. But there is one that really got to me this year.
My notable Christmas lesson comes from the prophet Balaam. You remember that man that God did not release to go to meet Balak, a king that wanted to curse God’s people in the book of Numbers in the Bible. You know how the story ended if you are a Bible student but my emphasis is not on that story. It is just to make you remember him.
My emphasis is on the prophecy he gave in Numbers 24:17 where he saw the star that later led the wise men to Jesus Christ when he was born. He saw that star more than 800 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Again my emphasis is not on him seeing the star or prophesying about the birth of Jesus Christ that long before He was born.
My emphasis is on the prayer he prayed in Numbers 23:10b. That prayer came from his revelation of God’s people. He saw a well-meaning revelation of Jesus Christ and still died out like he never saw deep things of God. This was primarily because he sought to gain for himself. He didn’t know that it is God who elevates man (Prov 10:22).
This is my notable Christmas lesson that one can see great visions, prophesy deep things of God, and still miss out on God even on the same prophecy. He didn’t die as a righteous man and his end was far from that of Jesus Christ. He went directly opposite of what Jesus Christ did because he pioneered the path of gain which many have taken and fell in the same manner.
The reason we are celebrating Jesus’ birth today is that He gave us life and that life in abundance. We are warned in 2 Peter 2:15 and Jude 1:11 never to follow the way of Balaam because no one follows it to end well with Jesus Christ. Balaam saw the great vision, prophesied, prayed along but he didn’t walk in line with it. So, he didn’t end well. This is my notable Christmas lesson for this year. What’s yours?