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The Donkey's Dance Sermon Notes

Sermon 4 of our "Dancing With God" series

We are created to ____________ God.

Numbers 22:12 - (12) But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”

Numbers 22:21-35 - (21) Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. (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, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. (24) Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. (25) When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey 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, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff.  (28) Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and it 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 only 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 it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”  (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 Balak’s officials.

Numbers 24:1-2 - (1) Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to divination as at other times, but turned his face toward the wilderness. (2) When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him

____________ alone does not glorify God.

____________ combined with ____________ and ____________ glorifies God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 - (31) So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.