"Balaam’s story tells us that God always is speaking to us" by: Caleb Gibson

   While Israel was camped out, their enemies, the Moabites hired Balaam to curse the nation. Balaam was supposed to go to the top of this place where they could see the outskirts of the nation of Israel.
   While he was on his journey a donkey stopped him. The animal saw an Angel of the Lord with a Sword in its hand, so it did not go any further.
   This donkey saved his life three times.
   The first time was when Balaam made him go forward and the donkey turned off the road into a field.
   The second time Balaam made him continue on the path and the donkey pressed up against the wall and caused Balaam’s foot to be crushed.
   And the final time was when Balaam made her continue on the path, the donkey simply sat down. The donkey sat down so hard that it says she laid down, “under Balaam” (Num. 22:27).
   This must have been why Balaam was so mad. His leg gets crushed then the animal sits on his legs, now he is in even more pain.
   Balaam got angry with the Donkey and began to hit it because the donkey crushed his leg trying to turn around.
   The Lord opened to Donkey’s mouth and allowed it to speak. The Donkey said, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” (Numbers 22:28).
   His response was, “Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand, I would have killed you by now.” (Num. 22:29)
   I would have thought Balaam would have had a different response.
   I would have thought he might have said, “Woo, a talking donkey!” But he didn’t, he instead ridicules the donkey for saving his life.
   Balaam must have been part of some sort of divination or a relationship with God.
   We can see that Balaam believed in God. He talked with God a lot. In fact he has numerous conversations concerning whether he should go with Balak or not. Then he has conversations with God on three different places.
   In Numbers 24:16, it talks about how “The oracle of him who hears the words of God And knows the knowledge of the Most High.” Sadly later after these instances, Balaam gave bad advice.
   One positive note that we can see through Balaam’s story is how God’s plan is greater than anyone that is against us.
   Balaam was offered money to curse Israel, but instead he rejected the money and blessed Israel.
   He told Barak, “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed?” (Numbers 23:8).
   As believers in Christ we can be thankful that we are not cursed by God. Jesus took our curse so that we can be blessed.
   Through this story we can also see that God is always speaking to us. Sometimes it may take a talking Donkey, but if we listen God is speaking to us.


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