As television evolves, the more preposterous ads, shows and slogans become. Look no further than a time machine powered by Doritos, cologne that serves as a chick magnet and cars that cause a baby to speak their first words. By the time Sunday evening rolls around, Super Bowl XLIX commercials will likely push the envelope further to a new low.
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. – Numbers 22:22
The Bible contains its own version of improbable events. A serpent that walks and talks, seas that turn to solid ground then swallows up an entire army and a man who rises from the dead. While post-modernists may tend to believe Hollywood more than the authors of the Bible, one of my favorite passages is when a donkey knows best.
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?” – Numbers 22:28
According to a 2013 study, more than 164 million households own a pet. Although cats and dogs get most of the attention, its not uncommon for country folks to own a donkey. Own his way to curse Israel, Baalam travels on a donkey with Moabite officials. However, his donkey encounters an angel of death. Unseen by Baalam, he begins to beat his donkey, a shocking sight to those who support PETA. After the third attack, the Lord enables Baalam’s donkey to speak. Opening the eyes of his master, God allowed Baalam to realize that sometimes donkeys and all animals alike know best.
by Jay Mankus