ABSALOM

2 Sam. 14:25 (c) This son of David may be taken as a type of a human being without God. He had developed his body to perfection. Those who observed him could see nothing but physical beauty. From head to foot there was no blemish in him. With all of this, however, his heart was wicked. He hated his father David who was God's chosen king. He refused and rejected God's plan and purpose in regard to Solomon. He was fit for neither heaven nor earth, and so he died between the two of them on the tree. So is the religious hypocrite of today. He presents many aspects of beauty and characteristics of loveliness, yet his heart is not right with God.

2 Sam. 15:2 (c) In this passage Absalom is a type of the ingratitude and infidelity of professing Christians who are not really saved. When the test came he proved to be an enemy of God's king, and of God's program. He did not take his place on God's side. He wanted to assert his own sufficiency and his own supremacy.

BALAAM

2 Pet. 2:15 (b) This man is typical of one who claims to be a servant of God and is sometimes used of God, but for the sake of prominence and prosperity is willing to lead his flock astray and to invite worldliness to come in among the members.

Jude 11 (b) The meaning is somewhat the same as mentioned above. Balaam was willing to go wrong and do wrong so long as he received ample payment for his services. This is typical of modern-day preachers who will promote and permit wicked, worldly things and who will teach error because of the pay they receive from those who like to hear them. (See also Numbers 22 and 23.)

Rev. 2:14 (b) Here we see a type of those in the church who invite unsaved men of the world to bring their ideas and to lead the church to engage in things which are not according to the Scriptures, and which are quite opposed to the will of God.

BEER-SHEBA

Gen. 21:31 (b) The meaning of this name is "the well of the oath." It is a type of the refreshing certainty of God's loving care and sufficient promises. (See also Genesis 22:19; 26:33; 46:1.)

Amos 8:14 (b) Israel is represented as committing the sin of presumption in believing that God will not punish them for their idolatry because of the oath that he made at the well of Beer-Sheba.

BEULAH

Isa. 62:4 (c) This name probably describes the Christian life in which the joy of the Lord, the fruits of righteousness and the glories of God permeate the soul.

GIBEON

Josh. 9:3 (c) These people are a type to us of those who beguile Christians, deceive them, and offer them various kinds of allurements to win their sympathetic cooperation and fellowship. The world has many ways of enticing God's people to join up with them. Quite often this may be seen in so-called "charity movements." The world puts on great programs for the relief of humanity, and in which they ask the Christians to join, while at the same time they will not permit the name of Christ, nor the Word of God, nor the message of the gospel to have any place in their plans and solicitation. Christians who join up with the ungodly in those enterprises which will not permit Christ nor God to have any place will suffer for it.

—Dictionary of Bible Types, A