Robert Zollinger Discusses Baalpeor
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 26, 2014 began with announcements by Charles Sarr. The work bee last Sunday didn’t come off since there not enough time to organize it. It is probably going to be rescheduled in June. The church entrance (the glass wall in front) and sidewalk will be reworked to provide better access to the church for those who are challenged in getting around. Thank you for your prayers for Wanda; she has been quite severely ill this past week.
Beth Brandt played an introit and accompanied the service on the piano. Robert Zollinger had the invocation, the congregation sang “The Lord in Zion Reigneth”, Charles Sarr had the Morning Prayer, and the congregation responded with “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”. Clifton Brandt collected the church offerings with all the loose offering going to the conference budget. Charles Sarr then prayed for the offering. Charles Sarr told the children present a story.
Charles Sarr (left in the photo) read 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
Robert D. Zollinger (right in the photo) then spoke on the topic “Written for Our Example”. The congregation sang the closing hymn – “I Would Draw Nearer to Jesus”. Charles Sarr had the benediction.
Personnel Other Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Charles Sarr – head church elder / head campus tech person / assistant academy principal
Clifton Brandt – local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems
Robert D. Zollinger – former Laurelbrook president and board chairman
Following are some notes from the sermon:
- In Paul’s writings, “are” indicates the admonition was written for his benefit, too.
- Paul always wrote things in context of the end of the world.
- Numbers 24:3-5“3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. 5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.”
- What is Baalpeor? Israel joined it, God wasn’t happy with their decision, and this applies to the end of time.
- Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, talks about this story. Israel had come to the borders of Canaan, Edom wouldn’t let them go through their land, and the Amorities attacked them (God defeated them).
- After this, they went north to the land of the giants who were defeated in their turn by God.
- Then Israel went back south of Moab where Balaam came to curse (or bless) them.
- Just across the river was the Promised Land; today we are just across from heaven.
- Their campsite was in a beautiful natural area with palm trees, a tropical climate. Anything that a person would desire was present. But the next thing is Baalpeor.
- But this beautiful place contained an environment more deadly than all the armies, all the problems of the desert. That environment contained idol worship areas everywhere with all sorts of vile practices. They worshipped Baal with entertainment that attracted the attention.
- The minds of the Israelites became familiar with these scenes of idol worship, plus they were resting with practically nothing to do.
- There were three mountains – Mount Pisgah to the south, Mount Peor with the main temple to Baal.
- This whole environment brought the Israelites to the worship of Baal.
- Why did God let this happen?
- Moab was a part of Midian. Their women began to enter the Israelite camp so quietly that Moses didn’t notice. Their object was to seduce the Israelites away from God to idol worship. They were just being friendly.
- The Israelites were unaware of the dangers they were in and didn’t realize their thinking was being changed by their friendships with these people. Could this happen today?
- So the Israelites joined these heathen people in their activities. Balaan secretly arranged for a big festival to honor the idols and entangled the Israelites.
- This festival broke down the Israelites’ barriers and self-control. Before long this poison spread through the entire Israelite camp.
- The Israelites thought Balaam a prophet of God, but really he was working to seduce them into the service of Satan.
- Part of the sin was lewdness or indecency or immodesty, which helped the Israelites to join Baalpeor. Satan will use the same thing to prevent God’s people from being ready for the Second Coming.
- The Israelites even brought the heathen rites into their own camp.
- The simplicity of gospel worship is often augmented in our time by elaborate prayers and set ways of Bible study, joining eventually with the worshipers of Satan.
- The Israelites wanted more elaborate worship services.
- The most dangerous foe to Israel were the heathen women. Women have a grand mission either for God or Satan. Women set the tone of society with neatness, modesty.
- We little realize the role of women in this world – their love, their cleanness. But today women are far from what God says they should be.
- Right after the Garden of Eden the sons of Seth became enamored of women from Satan’s side. It brought their downfall. David, Solomon, and many other men fell due to women.
- The devil used the women to create Israel’s downfall. Today the bad side of women can be seen in the various ads used.
- The Israelites were charmed by the music and the entertainment used in heathen services. These things destroyed the idea that their bodies were the temples of God.
- Music, dancing, card playing are some of Satan’s devices as might also be skating or bowling or a football game or other sports and games. Satan is trying to keep our attention on these things to keep us from preparing for heaven.
- We should be distinct from the world. We should choose worldly society only when we can do some good for them.
- These things we have been discussing induced Israel to join Baalpeor, something that will happen again. We get ready for heaven day by day instead of at the last minute when Christ appears.
- Simplicity must exist among God’s people at the End of Time.
- Have you joined Baalpeor? Will you keep your hearts pure so you can meet Jesus when He comes without fear?