“The Donkey Can Talk”


So I know what you’re thinking, and I agree; Donkeys don’t generally talk. But there is an account of one donkey talking to his rider, Balaam. Read what happens in Numbers 22: 22-35

But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him. And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand. And the donkey turned aside out of the road and went into the field. And Balaam struck the donkey, to turn her into the road. Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side. And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pushed against the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he struck her again. Then the angel of the Lord went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. 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.”

Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.” Then Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back.” And the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only the word that I tell you.” So Balaam went on with the princes of Balak.

Ok, so I’m not going for the “Do what God says or your ride will start talking”, this isn’t Herbie. But I am saying that God could do that if he wanted too. The story tells of a donkey who could see what was right in front of her nose, she could see what her master could not. An Angel that God had placed to stop Balaam. When Balaam was more stubborn than a donkey, (Pun intended) the donkey spoke to him, and saved his life.

I understand the point of this account; God can do whatever it takes to get you where you need to be. Let’s think about another meaning; Don’t take this and say “Wyatt said this story means…” No. These are my thoughts, strictly opinion. Ok, so what if we associate Balaam with us, Christians. and let’s just say that the donkey is all those people who are making media. Music, Movies, Books, etc.  Now, I want you to think of any non-christian movie, song, or book that has a reference or allusion to the Bible or a biblical truth… Now think of a person who you talked to about the said piece of media. Did you use the reference to share the gospel? Don’t feel guilty, I’ve missed the opportunity too many times. But think about the impact you could have if you used that?

Another idea for you, what if God is speaking through media because WE aren’t speaking loud enough? Just a thought. Balaam wasn’t soing as he should, so the Donkey talked. I am in no way calling Hollywood a donkey, that would be rude. 😉 But, seriously, if we start speaking up, SHOUTING even, the donkeys wouldn’t have to start talking. Telling the good news is our responsibility, we need to do it. We’re called to do it!

Let’s start talking, because, talking donkeys would scare me a little!



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