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Corrupted Food and Sexual Immorality

These are the two favorite areas of attacks Satan uses against us: Corrupted food and sexual immorality. It was so before, during, after Christ and specially in our days. In Number 22 we see the story of Balak, the king of Moab. As the children of Israel were passing through Moab, Balak was afraid to go against them, so he hired Prophet Balaam to speak a curse over them. He started the negotiations with these words,

“…Behold, a people has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are dwelling opposite me. Come now, curse this people for me, since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.” Numbers 22:5-6 (ESV)

The story extends to chapter 24. Three times Balaam attempted to curse Israel but was not able to. In 24:10-13 we read,

And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. And Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have blessed them these three times. 11 Therefore now flee to your own place. I said, ‘I will certainly honor you,’ but the Lord has held you back from honor.” 12 And Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 13 ‘If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the Lord, to do either good or bad of my own will. What the Lord speaks, that will I speak’? (ESV)

This was a great victory for God’s people; God personally intervened and did not allow Balaam to speak curses over them. The story seemed to be over in Numbers 24. However, in Numbers 25:1-2 we see that “While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.” (ESV). At first glance, it seems that Balaam left in chapter 24, that he has nothing to do with this and that his integrity was in displayed. However, that is not so, the same prophet that could not speak a curse over Israel, advised the King of Moab on how to bring the Israelites down: Through fornication and food. We can see this clearly in Revelation 2:13-15 as Jesus is speaking to the church of Pergamum, 

“‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. (ESV)

The teachings of Balaam and the teachings of the Nicolaitans are the same; this is about seducing God’s people to practice sexual immorality; that is sex outside of the marriage and eating food sacrifice to idols. Sexual sin is clear, but many times we don’t realize when we are eating food sacrifice to idols. I want to spend some time explaining this. We need to know that God is the provider of our food. This principle is clearly seen in his relationship with the children of Israel as he delivered them from Egypt. Anything or anybody that takes the place of God as the provider of food for His people, causes us to sin with the sin of idolatry. Psalm 145:15-16

The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing. (ESV)

God’s food is organic, is natural, is not altered; is created by HIM; that is why God’s food “satisfy”. Anything that we eat that is not created by God is a form of idolatry. Is eating and drinking poison and is, ultimately, a lack of trust in God. Jesus put it this way, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink…” Matthew 6:25 (ESV)

Notice that anxiety is a sin, it is the Greek word, merimnáō; meaning “To be troubled.”[1] At the root of anxiety is folks who are trouble for not trusting God to provide the things they NEED to survive. Think about all the folks who are diagnosed with anxiety. First on the list for the cause of anxiety? FOOD. Beloved, all these process foods reflect the lack of trust in God; the fear of running out of food. We, as pastors must start teaching folks about Balaam’s doctrine. Again, fornication is obvious or, at least, it should be. However, the devil is having a field day poisoning our bodies with process food. Our supermarkets are filled with items of idolatry. Jesus ends his statements to the Church of Pergamum by stating,

Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ Revelation 2:16-17 (ESV)

The body of Christ is infected by Balaam’s doctrine. Jesus is telling us to repent, if not, we will find ourselves at war with our Lord. It is no accident that Jesus makes references to the Manna; that was the food the Father provided to Israel every single day when He delivered them from Egypt. It did not come from man, it was not corrupted, it was pure. In Exodus 16:3, right before God provided the Manna they said,

 “…Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” (ESV)

Noticed that the first thing the children of Israel missed when they were delivered was the food in Egypt. Later in Numbers 11:4-10 the children of Israel had another food-related complaint,

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. (ESV)

God was attempting to change his people’s bodies, souls and spirits; however, they were still missing the McDonalds, the Burger Kings and the Taco Bells of Egypt. Beloved, let’s expose and be delivered from the doctrine of Balaam, from the ancient strategy of Satan. Jesus is promising us a Hidden Manna; I believe this manna is here now and is available to bless us physically and spiritual. To be a people that will truly love GOD above all things and worship HIM in spirit and in truth.

[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

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