By: Ely Lagajino
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel. Proverbs 12:10 (ESV)
One early morning my wife look outside our window to see whom I was chatting with. When she found out that I was talking to our dogs, she said,
“What if the dogs talk back?”
I thought for a while and said, “Well, I guess I need an interpreter right now, because they have been answering me several times already.”
When Balaam had beaten his donkey three times in three different situations, the animal spoke in human language. The apostle Peter says, “But He was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey-a beast that spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness” (2 – Peter 2:16).
When Balaam saw the angel of God, he said, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back” (Numbers 22:34). God allowed him to continue to meet king Balak, but he was reminded to say only what the Lord told him.
When Balaam met Balak, he said that he had no power to say anything he wanted except God’s word in his mouth. Balak accompanied Balaam into three different mountains and offered sacrifices. Each time they offered sacrifices, Balaam delivered a blessing to the Israelites instead of a curse. Balaam acted as a mouthpiece for the Lord. He blessed Israel every time King Balak requested him to curse them. Balak left Balaam frustrated, and he did not give the reward money to him. Balaam told Balak before leaving. “See you later.”
One of Balaam’s important predictions, “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near, A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush Moab’s forehead, the skull of all the sons of Sheth” (Numbers 24:17). This prophecy referred to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.
God used Balaam to predict the coming of Jesus Christ in the absence of God’s faithful servants.
We should not wait for our dogs to say good morning to our neighbors.