Balaam’s and his Donkey

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Numbers 22

21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.

24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides.25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.

26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff.28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”

30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”
“No,” he said.

31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.t33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”

We never know what God is protecting us from,O how it pays to be obedient to God. God is so good and so awesome,he is aware of everything.

Love in Christ Pat

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12 thoughts on “Balaam’s and his Donkey

  1. Love this story Pat, it is one of my favorite ones. Sorry, about disappearing but my computer crash, and I lost a lot of my fills. Since working on getting everything back together again. Also a man hit me in the rear and total my car so you can see how busy I have been. Love you much and will talk with you later. Love and Hugs Vi

  2. Hi Vi
    It’s so good to have you back,I’ve really missed you!!! O wow you’ve really been busy I’m glad you’re okay after all you’ve been through.Thanks for your comment I love this story too God just shows up and shows out because he loves us so.
    Love ya πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. Pat, this is deep!

    “We never know what God is protecting us from,O how it pays to be obedient to God”

    Reminds me of a song called ‘Trust and Obey’ that we used to sing when I was a child. God sees the beginning and the end at the same time. There’s more than enough reason to trust Him!

    Blessings and thanks for sharing,
    ann

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