Balaam can’t see it but apparently his donkey can (Numbers 22:23). It keeps veering off the path, so its owner keeps beating it. ), Alicia’s parents were going out on a date by themselves one night, so they asked their teenage neighbor girl, Nicole, to come stay with Alicia for the evening. The donkey turned off the road and started walking through a field. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. For other uses, see, The name Musa written in Islamic calligraphy followed by, Balaam in the New Testament, Josephus, and Philo, See Critical View Nearly all modern expositors agree that the section xxii.–xxiv. Just don’t tell your parents.”, (She should tell Nicole that she doesn’t want to watch the show. Aren’t I always such a good donkey for you?”, Then, God made it so that Balaam could see the angel with his sword in his hand. With God's protection taken from him, Balaam is later listed among the Midianites who were killed in revenge for the "matter of Peor". According to Revelation (Revelation 2:14), Balaam told King Balak how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them with sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols. Each time false teachers were likened to him – motivated by greed (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 11) and led God’s people astray (Revelation 2:14). How do you think God felt when Balaam kept asking to go to Moab after he [a] 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. 2; 90a). The third, Numbers 24:3–9, celebrates the glory and conquests of Israel's monarchy. “Do not beat your donkey,” the angel said. After each pair runs the course, gather the balls or paper wads again for the next two to run. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. The angel threatened Balaam because Balaam was obeying God in his actions, but in his heart, he was rebelling, thinking only of the bribe. So, As the donkey was walking, an angel came and stood in front of the donkey with a sword in his hand. In the view of some schools of textual criticism the narrative, excepting the episode involving the donkey, is simply a framework invented in order to be able to insert much older poems. After they ordered pizza, Nicole and Alicia wanted to watch TV. Then, when he had cursed Moses, his tongue came out and fell upon his breast, and he began to pant like a dog. “But I can only say what God tells me to.”, Then King Balak said, “Put a curse on these Israelites for me.”, But instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blessed them! Numbers 22-24, 31; Jude 1:11; 2 Peter 2:15. www.gotquestions.org; and The New Bible Commentary, edited by G.J. (G)”, 29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! Tell students that you want them to practice not listening when someone tells them to do the wrong thing. On back, have students cut out a yellow starburst with this verse. Building another seven altars here, and making sacrifices on each, Balaam provides another prophecy blessing Israel. He gives, too, the story of Balaam's dream, his being forbidden by God to curse Israel. These names are consequently thought to be textual corruptions, and Og has been suggested as the original. Due to the graphics used to create some of the visuals, some of these did not transfer to pictures to color perfectly. He knew the Lord was against Balak. I also used this time to discuss how to treat animals and that God makes all the animals. Balaam hit the donkey in an attempt to force the But Balaam's error and the source of his wickedness came from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. Sr. H. M. "Ahithophel of the house of Israel and Balaam of the heathen nations were the two great sages of the world who, failing to show gratitude to God for their wisdom, perished in dishonor. There might be people who try to keep us from doing the right thing, like King Balak tried to keep Balaam from doing the right thing. Balaam answered the advisers, “Stay the night with me and I will tell you what God says in the morning.”, That night, God told Balaam, “Do not curse the Israelites. So, Balaam hit the donkey again. If anyone does do what you tell them when you say, “Balak says…,” they’re out. But now, it’s time to take the test. That’s why we never charge for our curriculum or even ask for donations. Joshua, in his farewell speech, also makes reference to it. Why do you think the donkey did that? Print out the graphics below on heavy paper. Cut out a road from brown construction paper and use green paper for grass. The Angel moved to the narrow path and when the donkey saw the Angel on the path, she pressed against the wall which crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. if (year<1900) year+=1900; In the New Testament, Balaam is cited as a type of avarice; for example in Book of Revelation 2:14 we read of false teachers at Pergamum who held the "teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication." Does God guide us to make us happy or sad? ver 33; Dt 25:4; Pr 12:10; 27:23-27; Mt 15:19, Ge 39:9; Nu 14:40; 1Sa 15:24, 30; 2Sa 12:13; 24:10; Job 33:27; Ps 51:4, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print. Balaam finally gets taken by a now very frustrated Balak to Peor, and, after the seven sacrifices there, decides not to "seek enchantments" but instead looks upon the Israelites from the peak. Balaam’s foot got smashed against the wall and he beat his donkey again. Numbers 31:16 reveals that Balaam enticed the Israelites to turn from God and worship idols. 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