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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