Day 12 Devotion, Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 12 readings – Numbers 21:8-Numbers 32:19

I’ve always enjoyed the recording of the events of Balaam. He was one who knew that he could only say what God told him to say and ask God to do that which he knew God would do. Even though Balak would offer him great wealth, he couldn’t do that which God didn’t want done. He could only do that which God was doing, point out to Balak how the numerous Israelites were blessed by God. Three different times and places Balak tries to get Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites and in each of the three places Balaam says the same thing.

The other thing about the recording of the events surrounding Balaam is how his donkey could see the angel of God, but Balaam couldn’t and how God then gives the donkey the ability to speak. Don’t know about you, but if my donkey (if I had one) spoke to me, I think I’d have more reaction that Balaam seemed to have and I doubt if I’d tell anyone about it. In the incident with the donkey again there are three incidents; first the donkey turns off the road, then the donkey pressed close to the wall crushing Balaam’s foot, and then finally the donkey lay down because it couldn’t get by the angel of the Lord.

I once heard a story about someone who first stubbed their toe, then tripped over a curb, then walked into a closed door, until finally after only walking into a brick wall did they realize the trouble they were in. I believe this person had a problem with alcohol.

One of the things I give thanks for in life are the yellow lights, warning lights. I have a friend who was reading a text while driving one of our many curvy roads in our area. Her car slid off the side of the road, she over corrected and ended up on the other side of the road, stopping only after the side of her car hit a tree. She was fine. Her car was a mess but still somewhat drivable. Neither she, nor anyone else was injured. Good yellow light for all of us who are tempted to read a text or to text and drive.

Here is what I’ll be taking away with me from our readings today, some of Balaam’s words to Balak; “I must speak only what God puts in my mouth.” How I wish that was so with me, but I know I haven’t always, because I’ve hesitated to say that which God has told me to say.

Watch for the yellow lights of life and give thanks for each one of them.

Outline of Numbers 21:8-Numbers 32:19

21:10-20 – Journey to Moab

21:21-35 – Defeat of Sihon and Og

22:1-20 – Balak son of Zippor who was king of Moab Summons Balaam (couldn’t take no for the answer)

22:21-41 – Balaam’s Donkey

23:1-12 – Balaam’s First Oracle

23:13-26 – Balaam’s Second Oracle

23:27-24:14 – Balaam’s Third Oracle

24:15-25 – Balaam’s Fourth Oracle

25 – Moab Seduces Israel

26 – The Second Census (Count of those who will be entering Promised Land)

27:1-11 Zelophehad’s Daughters

27:12-23 – Joshua to Succeed Moses

28:1-10 – Daily Offerings

28:11-15 – Monthly Offerings

28:16-25 – The Passover

28:26-31 – Feast of Weeks

29:1-6 – Feast of Trumpets

29:7-11 – Day of Atonement

29:12-40 – Feast of Tabernacles

30 – Vows

31:1-24 – Vengeance on the Midianites

31:25-54 – Dividing the Spoils

32:1-19 (really 42) – The Transjordan Tribes

Day 13 Readings Numbers 32:20-Deuteronomy 7:26

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