This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to teach what is quickly becoming one of my favorite bible stories. I’ve been in church pretty much my whole life, and I’m convinced every sunday school teacher and pastor over the past 30ish years has deprived me of the third greatest story in the Bible.
How can I be so sure I’ve never heard the story? If I can remember the story of a man getting swallowed and regurgitated by a whale and a story of a guy with a multi-colored coat, I’m about 110% positive I would remember someone having a donkey that talks.
Is anyone else surprised that there is a talking donkey in the Bible? It’s kind of easy to overlook. I mean, God kind of hid it in the book of Numbers like an awesome movie that went straight to DVD. And just like that awesome movie that you can’t believe didn’t make millions of dollars at the box office, you feel like it is your duty to share your fortune with a friend.
So, that’s just what I did this past Sunday. We talked about talking donkeys, because let’s face it, if a donkey talks, I think everyone should know how to handle themselves in the event they encounter one.
All this talking donkey business got me to thinking….God’s Word never, ever, ever ceases to amaze me. Whether it is by pointing out a story that I’ve never seen before, or the Holy Spirit giving me new insights into a story that I’ve heard a million times, it always meets me where I’m at, not only because God is awesome like that, but because His Word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:11).
So, get into the Word. You never know what adventure God might be waiting to show you.
That story is hidden. I don’t think I ever heard it mentioned from the pulpit but once.