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The only donkey that has actually Contributed by Jack Foster. 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Either way, we all face darkness which is the natural consequence of human failure. Downloaded pictures can be used in the retelling of Bible stories and narrative that are faithful to the Biblical account. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Balaam was a prophet and God used a donkey to change his mind about a decision. They had heard of Israel’s Nestled away in the book a Numbers (a book which, lets face it is almost exclusively read by OT scholars, theology students and dedicated subscribers of ‘Read the Bible in One Year’ plans), this story is not widely chosen as a text for a sermon or to inspire personal prayer. It keeps veering off the path, so its owner keeps beating it. 4:3 ratio 16:9 widescreen. These images cannot be sold under any circumstances or used in any format for commercial gain. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. View slideshow Download image set Story Planner. We can sit on the donkey and trust that it knows better than us the way to life (even if we are as confused by the mystery of the gospel as we are by a talking donkey). If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now,(J) but I would have spared it.”, 34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. Before launching into how this conclusion was reached, let me tell/remind you of the story in question. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. difficult situations. Balaam can’t see it but apparently his donkey can (Numbers 22:23). to pay for Balaam to use his skill to Balaam was a pagan prophet who practiced divination and other magic arts, led Israel into apostasy, and was identified as a greedy, unscrupulous man by Peter and Jude (2 Peter 2:15 –16; Jude 1:11). If you are having trouble accessing or downloading files please explore our Help pages where you can find tips and tutorials. He gives Balaam permission to go, but only to say what he tells him to say. I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. We are a team of Christians creating a visual journey through the Bible as a resource for teaching all ages – available for free download by anyone, anywhere at any time. Brad and his wife, Julia, have four children and reside in Munster, Indiana. Balaam is annoyed by his donkey's behaviour, then astonished when the animal speaks to him. This made me think. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Maybe the angel was there to show the potential very real and just consequences of Balaam’s intention to go and curse a nation. for his reputation—a curse that didn’t A third time the angel appeared on the road infront of them and this time there was no where to turn, so the donkey simply laid down in the road. The cross shows us that God’s love for us is very real and is more powerful than any human failure. Mule, star of seven popular movies Again he beat the donkey. The fascinating story of Balak and Balaam ’s failed attempts to curse the Jewish people is found in Numbers 22-24. They are not to be used in any context where the accompanying message is undermining of the Christian faith and gospel. With words. If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now. In order to get past the angel, the donkey scraped up against the wall, scraping Balaams foot in the process. Take the Quiz: The Day God Used A Donkey. Moody Bible Institute 820 N. LaSalle Blvd. FreeBibleimages is a UK registered charity (1150890). Despite his greed upon Balaam the seriousness of His Answer: The story of Balaam and his talking donkey is found in Numbers 22. God then allows the donkey to act with more insight then Balaam. Am I really not able to reward you?”, 38 “Well, I have come to you now,” Balaam replied. Balaam’s Donkey Talks, and Balaam Sees and Angel. Sometimes we are responsible for the darkness we face, sometimes we are innocent victims. This is misunderstood by Balaam as a sort of victory in his contest against God. That’s right, the Bible has more in common with Shrek than you thought. Chicago, IL 60610 (800) DL-MOODY, Home Education Radio Publishers Conferences Today in the Word, This site uses cookies to provide you with more responsive and personalized service and to collect certain information about your use of the site. We all face this darkness in different ways, sometimes it is the product of our own failures, sometimes it is is the product of another persons failure, sometimes it is the product of a whole societies failures. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. You can print this and add your own notes. 5 A system is a group of personnel, material, equipment, and procedures which combine to accomplish a specific purpose. But God enabled the donkey to see these consequences when Balaam couldn’t and therefore acted on Balaam’s behalf, in order to save him from the darkness that lay ahead of him. And they all lived happily ever after (well, that’s not exactly accurate, but that’s beside the point for todays purposes). This site uses cookies to provide you with more responsive and personalized service and to collect certain information about your use of the site. They felt they needed ( Log Out /  Instead of allowing us all to continue blindly on our roads that lead away from the reality of God’s love, Jesus came and chose the cross. (K) I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. But isn’t this what Jesus does for us? Sometimes we find ourselves experiencing it, sometimes we narrowly escape it. 22 But God was very angry(A) when he went, and the angel of the Lord(B) stood in the road to oppose him. resist moving in the desired direction. Read terms of download. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The second time the animal saw the angel, she pressed against a wall, crushing Balaam's foot. However, thanks to a theological reflection exercise on this passage with some of my fellow community members, I found myself arriving at the conclusion that Balaam’s talking Donkey can be seen as a forerunner of Jesus. petrified. God tells Balaam not to go, but also allows him the free will to make his own decision2. When I was on the preaching team at my previous church, we used to have the overall principle of preaching Jesus in every sermon and from every text. supernatural help, and they decided None of us would disagree that there is darkness in the world. Currently, he serves as associate professor and TESOL program head at Moody Bible Institute. 35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials. As Balaam and his donkey travelled along a road, an angel of the Lord blocked the path of the donkey. Question: "Did Balaam’s donkey really talk to him?" Donkeys cannot speak, but today we are going to learn about a time when God used a donkey to get a message to a man who tried to do things his own way. Balaam once again struck the donkey. Though Balaam was not a follower of Choose the file type and the file format: PowerPoint. If the angel wanted to kill Balaam then surely he would have done so.

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