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And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.
Two things we must understand here. God told Balaam to go only if the elders came to him. Balaam disobeyed this command and pursued them. There is more to this scenario, however.
When the Lord told Balaam to go with the men if they came to him in verse 20, the word “with” in the Hebrew text is erte and means nearness, by, or among. However, in verse 21, Balaam “saddled his ass, and went “with” the princes of Moab.” The word “with” here in Hebrew is ernt, and is an …show more content…

At this point, one might wonder who the real donkey was. The ass clearly saw the angel and wanted to avoid its wrath. Balaam, on the other hand, rushed blindly towards judgment, while angrily whipping the poor ass for her stubbornness.

And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

Balaam’s ass had more spiritual discernment than her master. Having seen the angel once again, she collapsed to the saving of the prophet’s life.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? and he said, Nay.

Two animals spoke in scripture: the serpent and Balaam’s donkey. The first used its voice to seduce Eve, but the second used her voice to save its greed-driven master from divine destruction. Bible

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