Donkeys Talk? by Renee Fisher

Donkeys Talk?
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
Renee Fisher

When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.

— Numbers 22:23

Do you remember the story of the talking donkey in the Bible? Growing up, I heard it at church and in my family’s devotional time. As a child, it was fun to hear about talking donkeys.

I recently reread the story of Balaam and realized I had missed something. Balaam was a prophet of God who spoke blessings and curses. But he was also a sorcerer. “Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert” (Numbers 24:1).

How could I have missed that part in Sunday school? I was enamored with the talking donkey and didn’t understand why Balak, the king of Moab, summoned Balaam.

Balak wanted Balaam to call down curses on God’s people, the Israelites. It took a donkey to crush Balaam’s foot, make a fool of him, and remind h ...

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