When you read the Bible do you get confused?
When is “She” a “He” and “He” a “She”?
When you read the Bible have you ever said, “I never noticed that?”
Have you ever noticed how you can read the Bible one day, and then, read it another day in a whole new way?
Well! It happen to me.
This might be confusing
The story of Balaam’s ass (a donkey) in Numbers 22 is unusual. For one thing Balaam holds the only record of a Biblical person who spoke to a donkey, and then, the donkey spoke back! Yeah, you remember the story. Balaam was a Mesopotamian prophet who was hired by Balak, an enemy of Isreal, to curse Isreal. It all started, when a poor donkey transporting Balaam balked, because the donkey saw an angel and was scared. The donkey spoke to Balaam about the angel. Numbers 22:28 says, “Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and “SHE” said to Balaam, what have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” This is interesting because 2 Peter 2:16 says, “But he (Balaam) was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey–a beast without speech–who spoke with a “MAN’S” voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.” When did “SHE” become a “MAN”? “Confusing!” You betcha! Read it, and see for yourself!
Let’s be clear. Donkeys were all-purpose vehicles used for transportation, carrying loads, grinding grain, plowing fields, and carrying people on their backs. They were usually highly respected, dependable, and had good value. But most of all they were reliable and dependable, which explains why Balaam lashed out at the donkey. We sometimes also strike out at blameless people who get in our way because we are embarrassed or our pride is hurt. Lashing out at others can be a sign that something is wrong with us. We must not allow our own hurt to lead you to hurt others, animals or other things. It doesn’t matter if the voice was a “SHE’ or a “HE”, God can speak in any voice “GOD” chooses. Wouldn’t you be, a bit startled, if not scared, if you were visited by an angel?