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2 Peter 2:16
16 But [de] was [echo] rebuked [elegxis] for his [idios] iniquity [paranomia]: the
dumb [aphonos] ass [hupozugion] speaking [phtheggomai] with
[en] man's [anthropos] voice [phone] forbad [koluo] the madness [paraphronia]
of the prophet [prophetes]. KJV-Interlinear
16 but he received a rebuke for
his own transgression; for a dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man,
restrained the madness of the prophet.NASB
The dumb donkey is
often times referred to as an ass, or a beast of burden.The word for dumb means, one who cannot
speak, or one without voice.We covered
the Balaam episode a very long time ago.I don t even think that those studies are online anymore.
But if you were with
this study long ago, then you recall the humor of the Old Testament language,
with Balaam (an intellectual ass), sitting on his rear end (his posterior ass),
riding his ass (the beast of burden, the donkey or burro), and suddenly the ass
speaks.Not that this is humorous in
total, but Balaam did not catch on when hehimself began talking back to (not to mention beating), his ass.
I hope you have a sense
of humor.Maybe you had to have been
Anyway, the situation
was a serious one.Balak wanted to
destroy all of Israel, which means that he wanted to kill the entire
nation.He sent Balaam, to curse
them.And God prevented it all with a
The power of man,
regardless of what that power is, is no stronger than a dumb animal.The silliness of God is far more powerful
than anything in this world.
Life is a serious
business, and people generally take themselves too seriously for their lack of
Arrogance rises from
the absence of doctrine, and without doctrine, arrogance blinds people to even
the silliest of situations.
Isn t that why we have
evolution theories intelligent man rising out of muck or fish or monkey s and
such?Isn t that why people get on the bandwagon
of the most controversial topics of any given day?Isn t that why the world was once thought to
be flat, and if you disagreed then you were a heretic and executed?Rather drastic sentence for simply thinking something
different.Isn t that why people are socially
ostracized for being different?Isn t
that why people often threaten to leave or change or throw you to the wolves,
simply because you say or do something they don t like?
Be careful now.Check your mirror and make sure we aren t
talking about you!!!After all, when was
the last time you talked with your a donkey?
The Bible is not here
to entertain you in the serious business of life, but sometimes it takes a
donkey to open your eyes.Balaam finally
woke up, but unfortunately, not for long.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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