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Balaam was a prophet of God. God had made it clear that Balaam was not to curse what God had blessed.  The Moabite king was trying to enlist Balaam to destroy Israel.  God had already warned Balaam–yet, Balaam was drawn to go and meet the Moabite King.  An Angel of God stood, sword drawn ready to stop the prophet. Fortunately, Balaam’s donkey refused to put his master in danger, as a result, the prophet beat the donkey for not walking him to his death. God opened Balaam’s eyes and the mouth of the donkey; and made His point clear, God was large and in charge.  The prophet was so repentant–to God, and to his donkey.  He realized the foolishness of flirting with sin and with God’s enemies. He then followed God’s lead.
 
So often in life, we are faced with opportunities to flirt with the world. It always seems exciting and romantic–but, it never ends well. Interestingly God used a donkey to expose the truth.  It is a great irony, using the simplest creature to expose the truth.  The donkey saw the danger and avoided it despite 3 beatings.  We need to be as smart as a donkey and avoid the world’s inducements.  We need to listen to God’s lead, and submit to him humbly and completely.  In His time, God will reveal the traps, entanglements and dangers that stand in our way.  We simply need to trust the Lord.  Balaam was a prophet, but his pride kept him from seeing the truth.  Help me , Lord to have the sense of a donkey and turn away from the traps of this world.
 
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 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.[a] 33 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.”

34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”

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.