HAVE YOU EVER ARGUED WITH AN ASS (DONKEY)?

…And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.
Numbers 22:5-12 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: FOR I WOT THAT HE WHOM THOU BLESSEST IS BLESSED, AND HE WHOM THOU CURSEST IS CURSED. And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of DIVINATION in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.  And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee? And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying, Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out. AND GOD SAID UNTO BALAAM, THOU SHALT NOT GO WITH THEM; THOU SHALT NOT CURSE THE PEOPLE: FOR THEY ARE BLESSED.

My thought: I will not venture to call Balaam a prophet of God, YHWH; he was never said to be one. He was able to invoke blessings and curses seemed to happen at his bidding! He practised the art of divination! Is it from the LORD? What does the bible say about divination? “Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch…”
In the first event which we read above, we learn the LORD’s edict which, any God fearing servant of His should consider as God’s final decision! AND GOD SAID UNTO BALAAM, THOU SHALT NOT GO WITH THEM; THOU SHALT NOT CURSE THE PEOPLE: FOR THEY ARE BLESSED!

Numbers 22:13-14 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you. And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

My thought: Balaam obeyed God in the first round, since it could very well be that the “hand-carried” rewards were not enticing enough. Temptation tends to increase by man’s non-compliance. Then the follow-up of more hefty rewards follow.

Numbers 22:15-19 And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they. And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me: FOR I WILL PROMOTE THEE UNTO VERY GREAT HONOUR, AND I WILL DO WHATSOEVER THOU SAYEST UNTO ME: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, IF BALAK WOULD GIVE ME HIS HOUSE FULL OF SILVER AND GOLD, I CANNOT GO BEYOND THE WORD OF THE LORD MY GOD, TO DO LESS OR MORE. Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.

My thought: He should have stopped right where he said “IF BALAK WOULD GIVE ME HIS HOUSE FULL OF SILVER AND GOLD, I CANNOT GO BEYOND THE WORD OF THE LORD MY GOD, TO DO LESS OR MORE.” But, the tempting promise of BIG PROMOTION AND GREAT HONOR AND TO BE KING’S COUNSEL was too great to resist that he didn’t sent the king’s envoys right away; ask them to stay while he consult Father YHWH, hoping the LORD will change His mind! But the scripture says: (Malachi 3:6) “FOR I AM THE LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye SONS OF JACOB ARE NOT CONSUMED.” That promise was good then, and is still good to the end of time!
We have a modern day Balak in the person of the former president of Iran (Persia), who desires to do away with the nation and the people of Israel. And his name is Ahmadinejad. Let us watch the following video report:

AHMADINEJAD WANTS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP
Uploaded on Oct 15, 2008
This is why Israel,other EUropean nations and US is mobilizing its defenses.

This is also why Iran is the oppressor.
for a simple and logical reason that:

1. Iran made the first threat
2. Israel nor US do not threaten to wipe Iran off the face of the earth
3. Iran could also wipe Iraq off the face of the earth, or any other

Numbers 22:20-22 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. AND GOD’S ANGER WAS KINDLED BECAUSE HE WENT: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

My thought: This Balaam character teaches us a very important lesson in regards of consulting God. God read the mind and the heart. He saw how stubborn the man Balaam was and his desire to reap great reward; God in His anger told him: IF THE MEN COME TO CALL THEE, RISE UP, AND GO WITH THEM. Balaam happily saddled his mount, an ass or donkey; a very stupid animal, and rode out with the great reward for his taking in mind!  And God knew what Balaam had done before and will do again, for it is said:  (Numbers 24:1)  And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.” So, Balaam was planning to reap his reward, no matter what!

And God was angry because Balaam disobeyed God’s edict for this event: THOU SHALT NOT GO WITH THEM!

On the other hand, don’t we often do the same thing? We keep on asking God if the answer He gave us do not agree with our desire? I know I have!

Numbers 22:23-30 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 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.

My thought: The passage above truly shows us how faithful Father God, the GREAT CREATOR AND OWNER of heaven and earth and all that are in them! In the case of a greedy, and stubborn man, Balaam, He sent His angel to prevent this stupid man (the following passage will prove his stupidity) from committing the sin of cursing His “blessed” Chosen people, the Israelis!
Now, consider this: along our way, as we disobeyed God’s will, God keeps on trying to prevent us from following wrong directions and or committing sinful acts as well. I know I have so many times experienced that, honest.

If we let Him or sensitive to His leading, He would direct our paths in life, even as to where we are to live: “(Acts 17:26) AND HATH MADE OF ONE BLOOD ALL NATIONS OF MEN FOR TO DWELL ON ALL THE FACE OF THE EARTH, AND HATH DETERMINED THE TIMES BEFORE APPOINTED, AND THE BOUNDS OF THEIR HABITATION…”

Having said that, know that the Palestinians who are trying to take over the land of Israel, they are not going to succeed. For the LORD said of the land of Israel, My Land, and of Jerusalem, My City! Let me prove the futility of such endeavor posted in my previous article: THE DIVIDING OF JERUSALEM AND JUDEA…will that REALLY happen?    http://wp.me/p3jyMk-Ts

God gave the following area to Abraham and to his seed after him from the line of his legitimate and son of promised, Isaac: “(Genesis 15:18) IN THE SAME DAY THE LORD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAM, SAYING, UNTO THY SEED HAVE I GIVEN THIS LAND, FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT UNTO THE GREAT RIVER, THE RIVER EUPHRATES: [19] The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, [20] And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, [21] And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

Please watch the following video and understand what the Palestinians’ are after; a land that blooms after the return of her rightful owner; the people of God, the Israelis. You will know how God brought back and keeps on bring His Chosen people back to their Promised Land:
ISRAEL: FULFILLING BIBLE PROPHECY
Published on Oct 2, 2012
See Israel’s dynamic history march across the screen in dramatic film footage. Witness the miraculous fulfillment of Bible prophecy that marks us in End-Times. Explore exciting archaeological discoveries that confirm Israel’s historic right to the Land. Learn why Jerusalem is the indivisible capital of Israel. Discover the unique and separate destiny of God’s chosen people.
Peace in the Middle East will finally be realized when Israel fulfills her role in God’s plan for world peace. (Produced by Christians for Israel’s Biblical Land Rights)

Continuing the Balaam episode:
The stupidity of a stubborn Balaam in following episode is beyond words.

Numbers 22:28-30 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.

My thought: Balaam was over-wrought because his journey towards the waiting BIG rewards was hampered by his stupid ass! Well, if ass (donkey) happened to be stupid indeed, how much more stupid a prudent mature man be to be arguing with an ass (donkey)? He was not even surprised to hear his ass speaking for the first time ever in the whole wide world! Both ass and Balaam carried on a heated discussion without Balaam realizing it. Have we done the same thing or not. We may not have had an argument with a real donkey, but we may have engaged in heated argument on a “donkey” meaning stupid type of matter, for days on end.
Here is an example of “ass or donkey type” matter. UN walked out from a speech by an ass who at one time delivered a speech to wipe out Israel from the face of the earth. That is the correct way to treat a stupid ass; do not argue with him and degrade yourself to his level.

UN WALKOUT AS AHMADINEJAD CLAIMS “ISRAEL IS A RACIST GOVERNMENT”
Uploaded on Apr 20, 2009
Western diplomats have walked out of a speech by the Iranian president at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as a “racist government”. The West that was complicit in it’s support for Israel which Former US President Jimmy Carter describes as an apartheid state, could not stay to debate what was evident by their walk out, the truth…

You have been shown how God proves the truth of His Word, time and forever. He shows us the “End” from the “Beginning.” Aren’t you amazed at the Almighty God?

He is closing the book on this sinful world. Because of His loving nature, He wants to reduce the number of human beings from perishing, not the other way around. It is said that “THE LORD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISE, AS SOME MEN COUNT SLACKNESS; BUT IS LONG SUFFERING TO US-WARD, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.” [2 Peter 3:9]

The way to be saved from the end time disasters and burning forever in the lake of fire, all He asks is, believe in His Son, Jesus Messiah, whom He had send into the world to be the ultimate sin sacrifice. There is no other way! This invitation is open to all: atheists, Judaizers, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, for people of all walk and beliefs.

You need to repent from your erroneous life styles. Find bible believing church and stay away from assemblies as described in: APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH AND FALSE DOCTRINES OF MEN http://wp.me/p3jyMk-ck

Here is how: Romans 10:

[8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; [9] THAT IF THOU SHALT CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH THE LORD JESUS, AND SHALT BELIEVE IN THINE HEART THAT GOD HATH RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

AND HIS NAME IS YAHWEH, NOT ALLAH OR ANY OTHER NAMES!

Aaron Halim,

the voice of one crying in this darkened world.

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