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Remember the Donkey Show

Joshua 24:9-10 (ESV)
Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel. And he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand.

It's funny the things you remember, what gets registered in your brain. I'm thinking that as I'm reading this list from Joshua of all the amazing things God has done to bring them into the promised land. At the end of his life and the conclusion of posessing the land, Joshua is reviewing how God has sovreignly directed them as a people; from God's call to Abraham (big), the original journey into Egypt (with no mention of Joseph, but still an important event), the exodus, the battle where when Moses hands were raised the Israelites won (for which Joshua was the field general), and then the above verses fall.

I know the story of Balaam and the talking donkey. And interesting little side story with a funny side show. But for whatever reason, this must have been a very significant event in the nation's history. In fact, Peter, Paul, and even John in The Reveation comment on Balaam.

I'm not going to try today to fid the significance in Balaam's story. My point is that sometimes what we think is insignificant isn't. In hindsight, small events can have major influence. Maybe Joshua used this story to remind the people that God is often working on our behalf behind the scenes and not only in the big stuff. I wonder what events in my life are identity shaping that could be overlooked.

Lord, don't let me overlook the the stuff that you want me to remember.

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