The Word: Episode 1179 Daniel 9:3-5

“Error of Balaam - 8”

January 25, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 8”

Blessings folk!

Balaam is having a conversation with his donkey.
A donkey that has longed served him.

The donkey wants to know why Balaam is striking him.
The donkey declares that he has been faithful.

Balaam wants to know why the donkey has made a mockery of him (Balaam).
Balaam threatens the donkey with death.

An amazing scene.
Remember, two servants were there witnessing all this.

We continue…

Num 22:31
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 all the way to the ground.

The Lord opened Balaam’s eyes.
His eyes had been shut to the things in the unseen realm.
The donkey saw things in the unseen realm.
Wonder if that is “natural/common” with animals?

Balaam reacted in the natural…in the flesh…because he could not/would not(?) see what was occurring in the unseen.

He was angry.
He was self-absorbed.
He was full of hubris.
He threatened murder.
He was moving against the will of God.
He was motivated by money.
He was motivated by honor.
He was gifted by God.

Now he sees.

He sees the Angel of the Lord standing in the way.
He sees the Angel of the Lord with sword drawn in hand.

Balaam’s reaction?

He bows all the way to the ground.

What must have been racing through his mind?

Things are not as we think they are.

See with the Spirit.
Respond in the Spirit.
Trust in the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 1178 Daniel 9:1-2

“Error of Balaam - 7”

January 24, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 7”

Blessings folk!

We continue look’n at the following…

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And 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?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”


Balaam was furious.
He was mad because the donkey made him look a fool.

It was about to get worse.
The donkey was to speak and correct him.

The Lord opened the mouth of the donkey.
Again, with God, nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37)
All things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

The donkey questions Balaam.
“What have I done to you…?”

The donkey then shows his math skills.
“…that you have struck me these three times.”

Balaam considered the donkey’s actions to have been a mockery of him.
Balaam was ready to kill the donkey.

The donkey reasoned as a man.
Balaam responded as a donkey.

May we not do likewise when we face things we do not understand.

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The Word: Episode 1177 Daniel 8:20-27

“Error of Balaam - 6”

January 23, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 6”

Blessings folk!

Read the account again.
Remember, repetition is at the heart of learning.

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And 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?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”


Balaam was riding on a donkey.
Balaam had two servants with him…there were witnesses!

The donkey saw the Angel of the Lord.
The Angel was ready for battle.
Sword drawn.
The donkey turned aside
Balaam struck the donkey.

The Angel then blocked the way in a narrow path walled on both sides.
The donkey saw the Angel.
The she-donkey pressed against the wall, pressing Balaam’s foot.
Balaam hit her again.

The Angel of the Lord moved ahead to another spot.
There was no turning to right or left.
The donkey saw the Angel.
This time the donkey simply sat down.
Balaam was furious.
Balaam struck the donkey.

Then, the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey…
The Lord did this.
Can you imagine?

I have had many a “donkey” (KJV says “ass&rdquoWinking talk to me, but nothing like this.

Learn from Balaam.
Be not like him…

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The Word: Episode 1176, Daniel 8:22-25

“Error of Balaam - 5”

January 22, 2020

“Error of Balaam - 5”

Blessings folk!

Reread the passage from yesterday…

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And 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?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”


The Lord was angry.
The Lord sent the Angel of the Lord to stand in the way of Balaam…to be an adversary against him.
Humm….

The donkey saw the angel.
Balaam did not.

Wonder why?

Could it be because Balaam had his eyes/attention/focus upon the things of the world?

Could it be because Balaam was walking in disobedience?

Could it be that he was after the money, the power, the honor that had been promised?

Such will cloud our vision.
Such will render us blind to the things of the Lord.

We desire for the Lord to be an adversary for us, not an adversary against us.

Seek to see Him.

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The Word: Episode 1175 Daniel 8:15-27

“The Error of Balaam - 4”

January 21, 2020

“The Error of Balaam - 4”

Blessings folk!

We saw earlier that Balaam went back to check with God again.
To see if the Lord had changed His mind.
What Balaam was really doing…as we will see…was to discern if there was some way to take the offer presented to him.

The Lord knew all this.
The Lord gave Balaam over to what he wanted.
The Lord told him to go with the representatives.

Num 22:21
So Balaam arose in the morning, and saddled his donkey and went with the leaders of Moab.


Read carefully what happened…

Num 22:22-30
But God was angry because he was going,
and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.
Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field;
but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path of the vineyards,
with a wall on this side and a wall on that side.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,
she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,
so he struck her again.

The angel of the LORD went further,
and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left.

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam;
so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick.

And 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?”

Then Balaam said to the donkey,
“Because you have made a mockery of me! If there had been a sword in my hand,
I would have killed you by now.”

The donkey said to Balaam,
“Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden all your life to this day?
Have I ever been accustomed to do so to you?”
And he said, “No.”

The Lord was angry with Balaam because he was going.
“But” someone will say. “Did not the Lord tell him to go?”
This is the “giving over element”.

Balaam had already been told what to do.
He was obedient.
Now, like a petulant child, he wanted a different answer.
The Lord simply was saying “do as you want”.

We do likewise.

Seek to not do so.
Listen to the Lord.
Know His Word.
Obey the Spirit.

Do as He leads.

…to be continued…

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