1/13/13

Balaam, or However You Say That

First off I was just wondering if everyone knew that there was a talking donkey in the bible? No I'm not joking, in the book of Numbers there is a donkey that talks to this guy named Balaam. You see Balaam is a very important person towards the end part of this book. He is a prophet of God who is approached by a king who wants to destroy Israel. He begs Balaam to curse God's people, and in return Balaam will be banking.

Now, Balaam is traveling with a non Israelite princess. God is upset, because this is counter his commands. God gave this man a purpose, put his words in his mouth, and now Balaam is doing his own thing. This is where the story gets cool, " When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road." Obviously Balaam couldn't see the angel, so it gets better. "Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn... When the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff... Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth and she said to Balaam, 'what have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?' 'Balaam answered the donkey, 'You have made a fool of me! If I had a word in my hand, I would kill you right now.'"

Just notice the absolute denial Balaam is exhibiting here. A donkey, which does not normally talk, speaks to him! He is pushing so hard to ignore God that a talking donkey does not phase him. Here is the object of this story. Sometimes in our lives we are willfully sinning against God with full knowledge of what he wants for us. Our brains go through this denial process of relocating what we should do behind what we "desire." It's a dangerous poison, because this begins to bleed into the rest of our lives. Just like Balaam our attempt to handicap God will handicap ourselves.

"Do God's will and you will find your desires"


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