Much fascinates me about the story of Balaam in Numbers 22-24. Even though I did an academic paper on the translation problems the humour still gets me.

The Prophet Balaam and the Ass, by Rembrandt v...

The Prophet Balaam and the Ass, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1626. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Balaam makes a living as a prophet. His use of black magic (or demons) to curse people may well have made him rich.

So when Balak hires him to do a cursing off he goes to earn the big fee.

Unknown to Balaam (who is not a prophet of the True God) he has taken on people protected by Creator. Surprise! God sets out to destroy this enemy of the exodus people. Balaam’s gift of dark  prophecy cannot discern God at work. But, fortunately for him, his donkey has insight and saves his life.

The true prophet speaking for the True God is an ass. I’m laughing, especially as one with that gift. Never take yourself, or your gift, so seriously as to think you have importance beyond membership in the family of God. God doesn’t share credit or glory.

Now, if Jesus replaced you with a jackass, would anyone notice the difference?