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Numbers 22 /Revelation 10-12
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22:28-35 Then the LORD caused the donkey to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me these three times?” it asked Balaam.
“Because you have made me look like a fool!” Balaam shouted. “If I had a sword with me, I would kill you!” “But I am the same donkey you always ride on,” the donkey answered. “Have I ever done anything like this before?”
“No,” he admitted.
Then the LORD opened Balaams eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the roadway with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam fell face down on the ground before him.
“Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the angel of the LORD demanded. “I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away; otherwise, I would certainly have killed you by now and spared the donkey.”
Then Balaam confessed to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to block my way. I will go back home if you are against my going.”
But the angel of the LORD told him, “Go with these men, but you may say only what I tell you to say.” So Balaam went on with Balak’s officials.
10:1-4 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face shone like the sun, and his feet were like pillars of fire. And in his hand was a small scroll, which he had unrolled. He stood with his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land. And he gave a great shout, like the roar of a lion. And when he shouted, the seven thunders answered. When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. But a voice from heaven called to me: “Keep secret what the seven thunders said. Do not write it down.”
11:1-3 Then I was given a measuring stick, and I was told, “Go and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers. But do not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over to the nations. They will trample the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in sackcloth and will prophesy during those 1,260 days.”
12:1-2 Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant, and she cried out in the pain of labor as she awaited her delivery.
OT Flash Points
Balaam’s donkey problems begin
NT Flash Points
Final announcement of the beginning of God’s rule over all His Creation
Eyes set on Jesus
Persevere in the unseen drudgery and duty
That is what tells in the long run for God and for man