One of the passages I read this week has always been one of my favorite, but maybe not for the "normal" reasons. I read about Balaam’s talking donkey. This passage always makes me laugh. Why? Because when the donkey talks to Balaam, Balaam doesn’t act surprised (at least, not that’s mentioned in the Bible), rather, he talks back. If a donkey talked to me, I’m not sure I’d be talking back to it!
I also read about what happened so that Moses was not allowed to enter into the promised land. I’ve always felt bad for Moses. Looking at it from my limited human perspective, it doesn’t seem fair. I mean, he spent 40 years wandering in the desert with the Israelites, putting up with their whining and complaining. Then, when told by God to talk to a rock, he hits it instead. The human mother in me is going "I can understand and sympathize with Moses. After 40 minutes of whining from my 3 children, I am getting frustrated. I can’t imaging 40 years of millions of people whining. He only did what came natural to him." And there’s the issue. He did what he wanted, not what God wanted. When God told Moses to do something, God expected Moses to do it. After 40 years, Moses should know that God is faithful, merciful, loving and will provide. He still did things his way. And, he paid the price for it.
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