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Donkey Talk - Animal Planet: Part 3
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Sep 1, 2002, 18:40
Passage(s): Numbers 22:21-35
Topic(s): Obedience, Stubbornness, Balaam

Passage:
21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.
22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
23 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.
24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.
25 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again.
26 Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.
27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff.
28 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?"
29 Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now."
30 The donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?" "No," he said.
31 Then the LORD opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
32 The angel of the LORD asked him, "Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her."
34 Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back."
35 The angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
(NIV)
 

Entrance Ramps:
1. The problem with Moab
(v. 21)
2. The problem with Balaam

Main Points:
1. Obedience can be risky
(v. 23, 25, 27)
2. If God can use a talking donkey, He can use you
(v. 28-31)
3. If you're as stubborn as a mule, you're in trouble
(v. 33)

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 - Meet With Me
 - Michael - Prayer
 - Every Move I Make
 - Talking Donkey Sketch
 - Jeff - Opening Comments
 - Video - Shrek
 - King of the Ages
 - Yes Lord, Yes
 - Michael - Comments
 - I Surrender All

 - Michael - Prayer
 - Savior Like A Shepherd
 - We Turn Our Eyes To You
 - Michael - Prayer
 - Donkey Talk introduction
 - Entrance Ramp 1
 - Entrance Ramp 2
 - Main Point 1

 - Main Point 2
 - Main Point 3
 - Closing Illustration
 - Closing Prayer
 - Closing Song

 

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 - Yes Lord, Yes
 - Michael - Comments
 - I Surrender All

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 - Savior Like A Shepherd
 - We Turn Our Eyes To You
 - Michael - Prayer
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The Next Step
Thanks for joining me on the Next Step.

This past week in Celebration Worship we finished up our Animal Planet Series. Over the course of the three weeks we made some interesting observations.

First, in the story of Elisha and the Bears we saw that God takes very seriously the way you act concerning Him. Sometimes we need to remember the importance of taking God seriously.

The following week we saw in the story of the snake bite on Malta that God had used what were some very tough circumstances to bring Paul to the place where the people were ready to hear what Paul had to say. God does some amazing things in the tough spots of our lives to bring us to the place where He most wants to use us.

Then this week we made some observations that revolved around a "talking donkey". If you haven't listened or watched the study yet, please take the time to do so. One of the simple lessons we discovered is that if God can use a talking donkey, He can sure use you...with that in mind, here are a few simple reminders of some things that we need to do to keep our focus and sights set on God.


1. Wake Up !!
Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance;
but the Lord looks at the heart."
I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen.
God gave us two ears and one mouth, 
so He must have meant for us to do 
twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul."
Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!...
For what you believe in.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."
Galatians 6:9-10


5. Look Up !!...
To the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me".
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !!...
For something higher.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him,
and He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6


7. Lift Up !!...
Your Prayers.
"Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT
EVERYTHING."
Philippians 4:6


There are others, but wow, if you could do these..imagine the kind of day you would have. Have a great week and make plans to join us next week in Celebration Worship as we look at Mysteries that defy and explanation.

Blessings to you and thanks for being willing to take the Next Step
In His Love
Jeff


Rev. Jeff Dixon
Senior Equipping Minister
Covenant Community Church
"Touching and Changing the World with the Love of Jesus!"






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