Seriously, Though, Stop Ignoring The Donkey


Samaritan's Song

One of the Bible’s best oddball stories comes straight out of Numbers 22.  And before  I write about why this story is important – so important – let’s just take a moment to enjoy it together.  Because this is funny stuff.

Here we have Balaam, who is bent on going somewhere God does not want him to go.  As a result, the angel of the Lord stands in the road to oppose Balaam.  Balaam doesn’t see the angel, but the donkey he’s riding sure does:

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 (23).

Balaam beats the donkey to get it back on the road.  Not to be outdone, the angel of the Lord reappears again – on a narrow path with walls on both sides.  Again, the donkey knows…

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