Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”

A couple thoughts occured to me when reading this passage recently. I am wondering if Balaam had animals talking to him all of the time since he naturally answers the donkey’s question. Another thing I take from this unusual passage in the Bible is that if God can speak through a donkey, he can certainly speak through me.
6 comments
  1. Something that comes to my mind, is how quick we want to cut down a person when we feel that we have been made a fool of. In this case, the donkey didn’t make the fool of Baalam, he had made a fool of himself. Also, the donkey had been faithful and was only trying to help. Sometimes we get upset w/our friends who are just trying to help.

  2. Something that comes to my mind, is how quick we want to cut down a person when we feel that we have been made a fool of. In this case, the donkey didn’t make the fool of Baalam, he had made a fool of himself. Also, the donkey had been faithful and was only trying to help. Sometimes we get upset w/our friends who are just trying to help.

  3. Something that comes to my mind, is how quick we want to cut down a person when we feel that we have been made a fool of. In this case, the donkey didn’t make the fool of Baalam, he had made a fool of himself. Also, the donkey had been faithful and was only trying to help. Sometimes we get upset w/our friends who are just trying to help.

  4. What I think of more is, how are you not totally astonished that your donkey can talk? How could any person continue to admonish an animal that just showed the ability to speak? It doesn’t ring true to me. Also, later on in Numbers, after upholding the word of god, Baalam gets death by the sword, fitting end isn’t it?

  5. What I think of more is, how are you not totally astonished that your donkey can talk? How could any person continue to admonish an animal that just showed the ability to speak? It doesn’t ring true to me. Also, later on in Numbers, after upholding the word of god, Baalam gets death by the sword, fitting end isn’t it?

  6. What I think of more is, how are you not totally astonished that your donkey can talk? How could any person continue to admonish an animal that just showed the ability to speak? It doesn’t ring true to me. Also, later on in Numbers, after upholding the word of god, Baalam gets death by the sword, fitting end isn’t it?

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