Bible Numbers 2.0

The Donkey Speaks

Numbers 22:28-30 records one of the most unusual miracles in the Bible. A donkey speaks. Not only does it speak, but it speaks more reasonably than a man.

ויפתח יהוה את פי האתון ותאמר לבלעם מה עשיתי לך כי הכיתני זה שלש רגלים ויאמר בלעם לאתון כי התעללת בי לו יש חרב בידי כי עתה הרגתיך ותאמר האתון אל בלעם הלוא אנכי אתנך אשר רכבת עלי מעודך עד היום הזה ההסכן הסכנתי לעשות לך כה ויאמר לא 1

1                     2              3          4            5
504                   26             401        90           462
1   2   3   4    5    6   7  8  9    10  11     12  13       14  15 16   17 18
6-  10- 80- 400- 8    10- 5- 6- 5    1-  400    80- 10       5-  1- 400- 6- 50
then he opened        Yhwh           the        mouth of     donkey

6                      7                    8         9
647                    172                  45        790
19  20   21 22  23     24  25 26  27  28    29  30    31  32   33  34   35
6-  400- 1- 40- 200    30- 2- 30- 70- 40    40- 5     70- 300- 10- 400- 10
and she said           to Balaam            what      I did

10        11        12                         13       14
50        30        495                        12       630
36  37    38  39    40  41  42  43   44  45    46 47    48   49  50
30- 20    20- 10    5-  20- 10- 400- 50- 10    7- 5     300- 30- 300
to you    that      you beat me                this     three

15                    16                    17                18
283                   257                   142               487
51   52 53  54  55    56  57  58 59  60     61  62  63  64    65  66 67   68 69
200- 3- 30- 10- 40    6-  10- 1- 40- 200    2-  30- 70- 40    30- 1- 400- 6- 50
times                 and he answered       Balaam            to donkey

19          20                          21        22        23
30          935                         12        36        310
70  71      72  73   74  75  76  77     78 79     80  81    82  83
20- 10      5-  400- 70- 30- 30- 400    2- 10     30- 6     10- 300
because     you made fool               of me     if        he was

24             25               26        27             28
210            26               30        475            638
84  85   86    87 88  89 90     91  92    93  94   95    96  97   98 99   100 101
8-  200- 2     2- 10- 4- 10     20- 10    70- 400- 5     5-  200- 3- 400- 10- 20
sword          in my hand       then      now            I would kill you

29                      30                      31         32
647                     462                     31         142
102 103  104 105 106    107 108 109  110 111    112 113    114 115 116 117
6-  400- 1-  40- 200    5-  1-  400- 6-  50     1-  30     2-  30- 70- 40
and she said            donkey                  to         Balaam

33                 34                 35                  36
42                 81                 471                 501
118 119 120 121    122 123 124 125    126 127  128 129    130 131  132
5-  30- 6-  1      1-  50- 20- 10     1-  400- 50- 20     1-  300- 200
not                I                  you donkey          which

37                  38             39                     40
622                 110            140                    74
133  134 135 136    137 138 139    140 141 142 143 144    145 146
200- 20- 2-  400    70- 30- 10     40- 70- 6-  4-  20     70- 4
you ride            on me          always                 to

41                 42             43                     44
61                 17             140                    545
147 148 149 150    151 152 153    154 155 156 157 158    159 160 161 162 163  164
5-  10- 6-  40     5-  7-  5      5-  5-  60- 20- 50     5-  60- 20- 50- 400- 10
the day            this           to make habit          I made habit

45                      46         47          48
806                     50         25          257
165 166 167  168 169    170 171    172 173     174 175 176 177 178
30- 70- 300- 6-  400    30- 20     20- 5       6-  10- 1-  40- 200
to do                   to you     this        and he said

49
31
179 180
30- 1      = 13480 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 5 x 337.
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(See numeric section below for the explanation of the green highlight and strong emphasis in black.)

The twenty-second chapter of the book of Numbers gives the story. Balak, the king of Moab was frightened of the Israelite horde from Egypt that had destroyed the Amorites. He sent his representatives, along with Midianite allies to hire Balaam the seer to curse Israel. Balaam had a reputation of being able to effectively curse or bless. If Balaam cursed Israel, Balak felt more confident in fighting Israel (verse 6).

God told the seer not to go with the Moabites, and He expressly told Balaam Israel was blessed (verse 12). Balaam does not relay this to the Moabites. All he says is the LORD has refused to let me go with you. (Verse 13) He did this because he was greedy. He knew the Moabites and Midianites would be back, and they would bring more divination fees.

When higher ranking representatives returned with more gifts and money, Balaam went through the motion of asking God again even though he knew full well what God’s answer had been. His idea of God was that God might change His mind or be open to sacrificial bribes.

This time, at night God gave Balaam a double-edged answer:

If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only what I bid you, that shall you do. (Verse 20)3

The answer was clear. Balaam was supposed to wait for God to say something in the morning. But his greed made him hear only what he wanted to hear: If the men have come... go with them. He forgot that he is supposed to wait for God.

Balaam did not know he was now in a sort of bind. Strictly speaking, if God said nothing in the morning, Balaam would have to stay in bed and not even rise, much less get up, have breakfast or talk to anyone!

In the morning, God was silent. And this meant Balaam wasn't supposed to do anything or go anywhere. But Balaam took silence to mean God approved (verse 21). He went with the Moabites and Midianites, and God sent an angel to kill him.

Balaam could not see the angel, but the donkey did. Three times the donkey saved his life, first by leaving the road and going into a field, second by pressing against a wall in order to pass, and finally by sitting and refusing to proceed. Each time, Balaam took the donkey's actions as disobedience and struck her (verses 22-27).

Then a miracle happened. The donkey spoke. One would think a miracle would silence the seer. Not so. Balaam's furious reply was full of egocentric swollen pride:

Because you have made sport of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you. (Verse 29 with emphasis added.)

Balaam was completely blind to the fact that the donkey's behaviour was completely out of the normal. It was a sign he ignored. He was more concerned with his own image and reputation, than that of the unprecedented miracle of an animal speaking. He thought his god given right to wealth, power and prestige was being thwarted, and he could see nothing else. He would slay the animal that had served him faithfully for so many years.

God opened his eyes to the angel (verse 31) and Balaam fell down in fear.

Numeric Features

It is important and necessary to distinguish between what happened, what the donkey said, and what Balaam said. The miracle is not Balaam. The miracle is the donkey! Verses 28 and 30 are highlighted in green. The donkey's speech is emphasized in stronger black. Verse 29 is mostly about Balaam, and the words he speaks. These words have been left as is. The last two words of verse 30 are also from and about Balaam, and they are not emphasized in black.

All Three Verses

1.There are 49 words (7 x 7) in these three verses, 180 letters, and a total of 13480 (2 x 2 x 2 x 5 x 337). Aside from the 49 words, there appears to be no other numeric features in these verses. But that is because Balaam is not the miracle and gets in the way.

The Donkey's Words

2.The donkey's words are emphasized in darker black.

2.1There are 23 words. 23 can represent a human being. In speaking, the donkey was acting as a person. Its questions, and reply to Balaam's fury were all rational and reasonable. The donkey was the human. Balaam was acting like an animal. That is why the angel said he was perverse (verse 32).

2.2The numeric total of the donkey's 23 words: 6020 = 22 x 5 x 7 x 43.

2.3Donkey's first and last words: 45 + 25 = 70 = 2 x 5 x 7. SF: 14 = 2 x 7.

2.4.1The 7th word of the donkey's first phrase: 630 = 2 x 32 x 5 x 7.

2.4.2The 7th word of the donkey's last phrase: 140 = 22 x 5 x 7

2.5.1The odd positioned letters of the donkey's words:

a) Letter position.      b) Letter value.

a) 1  3  5  7  9  11 13 15  17 19 21 23  25 27 29 31 33 35 37  39 41
b) 40 70 10 10 20 10 20 400 10 5  30 200 30 40 30 1  50 10 400 20 300

a) 43  45 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 61 63 65 67 69 71 73  75 77  79  81
b) 200 2  70 10 70 4  70 5  6  5  5  5  20 5  20 400 30 300 400 20

a) 83
b) 5

Total: 3358 = 2 x 23 x 73. SF: 98 = 2 x 72. Twenty-three shows the donkey was more human and reasonable than Balaam at this point.

2.5.2Even positioned letters of the donkey's words:

a) Letter position.       b) Letter value.

a) 2 4   6   8  10 12 14 16 18 20  22  24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42
b) 5 300 400 30 20 5  10 50 7  300 300 3  10 5  6  1  20 1  50 1  200

a) 44 46  48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82
b) 20 400 30 40 6  20 4  10 40 7  5  60 50 60 50 10 70 6  30 20

Total: 2662 = 2 x 11 x 11 x 11. SF: 35 = 5 x 7. The elevens and the sum of the factors show God's hand in the background. The three 11s also show the donkey is instructing Balaam.

Eliminating Balaam

3.The majority of the numeric features are found in the three verses after everything about Balaam is removed.

 13480   Total of the three verses
 -3588   Subtract verse 29, which is entirely Balaam.
  -288   Subtract the last 2 words of verse 30, which is Balaam again.
 _____
       
  9604

9604 = 22 x 74. (This could be written as a perfect pair of squares: 22 x 492.)

4.Word list for this section:

a) Word position.       b) Reverse word position.
c) Word value.

a) 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  11  12  13  14  15  16
b) 34  33  32  31  30  29  28  27  26  25  24  23  22  21  20  19
c) 504 26  401 90  462 647 172 45  790 50  30  495 12  630 283 647

a) 17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32
b) 18  17  16  15  14  13  12  11  10  9   8   7   6   5   4   3
c) 462 31  142 42  81  471 501 622 110 140 74  61  17  140 545 806

a) 33  34
b) 2   1
c) 50  25

4.1The first, last and two middle words are: 504 + 462 + 31 + 25 = 1022 = 2 x 7 x 73.

4.2Because there are 34 words, this means the first position, plus the last position is divisible by 7: 1 + 34 = 35 = 5 x 7. And this also means pairing any Nth to Nth last also have positions divisible by 7 (i.e. the two middle word positions): 17 + 18 = 35 = 5 x 7.

4.3The first half of the words: 5746 = 2 x 132 x 17. (The last half of the words have no feature, but this should not be expected. This is a donkey speaking, not a human being, not an angel, and not God.)

4.4The odd and even valued words themselves do not have a feature. The feature is found in their positions from within the list.

4.4.1Odd valued words:

a) Word position.       b) Word value.
a) 3   6   8  12  15  16  18 21 22  23  28 29 31  34
b) 401 647 45 495 283 647 31 81 471 501 61 17 545 25

Sum of the positions (line a): 266 = 2 x 7 x 19. SF: 28 = 22 x 7.

4.4.2Even valued words:

a) Word position.       b) Word value.
a) 1   2  4  5   7   9   10 11 13 14  17  19  20 24  25  26  27 30  32  33
b) 504 26 90 462 172 790 50 30 12 630 462 142 42 622 110 140 74 140 806 50

Sum of the positions (line a): 329 = 7 x 47.

5.1Every 3rd word:

Word position: 3   6   9   12  15  18 21 24  27 30  33
Word value:    401 647 790 495 283 31 81 622 74 140 50

Total: 3614 = 2 x 13 x 139. SF: 154 = 2 x 7 x 11.

5.2Every 4th word:

Word position: 4  8  12  16  20 24  28 32
Word value:    90 45 495 647 42 622 61 806

Total: 2808 = 23 x 33 x 13. SF: 28 = 22 x 7.

5.3These are the only sequences that yield totals divisible by 13: 3 + 4 = 7.

6.Pair the 34 words into 17 groups of two.

6.1Odd positioned segments of 2 words: 4648 = 23 x 7 x 83.

6.2Even positioned segments of 2 words: 4956 = 22 x 3 x 7 x 59.

7.Adding the Nth word to the Nth last word, find all pairs that are divisible by 13. There are only three:

a) Pair number.       b) Nth word.       c) Nth last word.
d) b + c.             e) Remainder when 'd' is divided by 13.

a) 1   2  3    4   5   6   7   8   9   10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17
b) 504 26 401  90  462 647 172 45  790 50  30  495 12  630 283 647 462 
c) 25  50 806  545 140 17  61  74  140 110 622 501 471 81  42  142 31

d) 529 76 1207 635 602 664 233 119 930 160 652 996 483 711 325 789 493
e) 4   6  3    5   0   6   2   0   6   6   1   2   0   4   3   5   3

Only the 5th, 8th and 13th pairs are divisible by 13: 5 + 8 + 13 = 26 = 2 x 13. This points back to God.

8.The list of 34 words exceeds The Proclamation's 33 words by one. Drop the first word from the list above: 9604 - 504 = 9100 = 22 x 52 x 7 x 13. (Coincidentally, the factors of 9100 add up to 34, which is the number of words in the list in the first place.)

The Letters

Letter list for this section:

a) Letter position.       b) Reverse letter position.
c) Letter value.

a) 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10   11   12   13
b) 132  131  130  129  128  127  126  125  124  123  122  121  120
c) 6    10   80   400  8    10   5    6    5    1    400  80   10

a) 14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24   25   26
b) 119  118  117  116  115  114  113  112  111  110  109  108  107
c) 5    1    400  6    50   6    400  1    40   200  30   2    30

a) 27   28   29   30   31   32   33   34  35  36  37  38  39  40
b) 106  105  104  103  102  101  100  99  98  97  96  95  94  93
c) 70   40   40   5    70   300  10   400 10  30  20  20  10  5

a) 41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  51  52  53  54  55  56
b) 92  91  90  89  88  87  86  85  84  83  82  81  80  79  78  77
c) 20  10  400 50  10  7   5   300 30  300 200 3   30  10  40  6

a) 57  58  59  60  61  62  63  64  65  66  67  68  69  70  71  72
b) 76  75  74  73  72  71  70  69  68  67  66  65  64  63  62  61
c) 400 1   40  200 5   1   400 6   50  1   30  2   30  70  40  5

a) 73  74  75  76  77  78  79  80  81  82  83  84  85  86  87  88
b) 60  59  58  57  56  55  54  53  52  51  50  49  48  47  46  45
c) 30  6   1   1   50  20  10  1   400 50  20  1   300 200 200 20

a) 89  90  91  92  93  94  95  96  97  98  99  100  101  102  103
b) 44  43  42  41  40  39  38  37  36  35  34  33   32   31   30
c) 2   400 70  30  10  40  70  6   4   20  70  4    5    10   6

a) 104  105  106  107  108  109  110  111  112  113  114  115  116
b) 29   28   27   26   25   24   23   22   21   20   19   18   17
c) 40   5    7    5    5    5    60   20   50   5    60   20   50

a) 117  118  119  120  121  122  123  124  125  126  127
b) 16   15   14   13   12   11   10   9    8    7    6
c) 400  10   30   70   300  6    400  30   20   20   5

9.The 127 letters in the list exceeds The Proclamation's 119 letters by 8 letters. Drop the first 8 letters: 9604 - 525 = 9079 = 7 x 1297.

10.One letter appeared more than all the others in the passage, and it appeared 13 times. This is the letter 10, which coincidentally is also the first letter of God's name in Hebrew. (Naturally since it appeared thirteen times, the sum of all appearances of the letter 10 would be divisible by 13.)

11.Use the divine name 13 times to count through the letters.

a) Letter from the Hebrew divine name.
b) Count.
c) Adjusted count.
d) Letter found.

a) 10 5  6  5  10 5  6  5  10 5  6  5  10 5  6  5   10  5   6   5
b) 10 15 21 26 36 41 47 52 62 67 73 78 88 93 99 104 114 119 125 130
c) 10 15 21 26 36 41 47 52 62 67 73 78 88 93 99 104 114 119 125 3
d) 1  1  1  30 30 20 5  3  1  30 30 20 20 10 70 40  60  30  20  80

a) 10 5  6  5  10 5  6   5  10 5  6  5   10 5  6   5   10  5   6
b) 13 18 24 29 39 44 50  55 65 70 76 81  91 96 102 107 117 122 128
c) 13 18 24 29 39 44 50  55 65 70 76 81  91 96 102 107 117 122 1
d) 10 50 30 40 10 50 300 40 50 70 1  400 70 6  10  5   400 6   6

a) 5  10  5  6  5   10 5  6  5  10 5  6  5
b) 6  16  21 27 32  42 47 53 58 68 73 79 84
c) 6  16  21 27 32  42 47 53 58 68 73 79 84
d) 10 400 1  70 300 10 5  30 1  2  30 10 1

Total: 2926 = 2 x 7 x 11 x 19. SF: 39 = 3 x 13.

12.Paired groups of letters can be pulled from opposite ends of the list that are divisible by 7.

Example of symmetrically positioned group pairs.

 1   2   3   4   5   6   7  ... 121 122 123 124 125 126 127
127 126 125 124 123 122 121 ...  7   6   5   4   3   2   1
 |-A-|                                               |-A-|
         |---B---|                       |---B---|

a) Starting letter position for the group.
b) Ending letter position for the group.
c) Sum of the two groups.

a) 1    1    1    1    2   2    2    2    2    2    2
b) 12   27   29   35   4   8    9    14   20   25   30
c) 2352 3906 4060 5005 560 1365 1400 2436 3444 3780 4074

a) 2    2    2    2    3   3    3    3    3    3    4   4    4    4
b) 36   57   60   61   5   32   46   51   53   62   6   10   18   22
c) 5054 8757 9100 9135 938 4424 6839 8155 8190 9107 854 1281 2898 3367

a) 4    4    4    4    4    4    4    4    4    5   5   5    5    5
b) 31   34   39   41   42   43   50   54   55   8   9   14   20   25
c) 4018 4844 5446 5691 5901 6601 7805 8106 8176 805 840 1876 2884 3220

a) 5    5    5    5    5    6    6    6    6    6    7   7    7
b) 30   36   57   60   61   32   46   51   53   62   10  18   22
c) 3514 4494 8197 8540 8575 3486 5901 7217 7252 8169 427 2044 2513

a) 7    7    7    7    7    7    7    7    7    8    8    8    8
b) 31   34   39   41   42   43   50   54   55   16   19   40   45
c) 3164 3990 4592 4837 5047 5747 6951 7252 7322 1603 1750 4312 5523

a) 8    8    8    8    8    9    9    9    9    9    9    9    9
b) 47   48   56   58   59   14   20   25   30   36   57   60   61
c) 5985 6286 7028 7539 7609 1071 2079 2415 2709 3689 7392 7735 7770

a) 10   10   10   10   10   10   10   10   11   11   11   11   11
b) 14   20   25   30   36   57   60   61   18   22   31   34   39
c) 1036 2044 2380 2674 3654 7357 7700 7735 1617 2086 2737 3563 4165

a) 11   11   11   11   11   11   12  12  12   12   12   12   12   12
b) 41   42   43   50   54   55   15  17  21   23   24   37   38   44
c) 4410 4620 5320 6524 6825 6895 231 707 1239 1491 1561 2933 3353 4571

a) 12   12   13   13   13   14   14   14   15   15   15   15   15
b) 49   52   27   29   35   26   28   33   20   25   30   36   57
c) 5404 5978 1554 1708 2653 1449 1568 2163 1008 1344 1638 2618 6321

a) 15   15   16  16   16   16   16   16   16   16   16   17  17   17
b) 60   61   17  21   23   24   37   38   44   49   52   19  40   45
c) 6664 6699 476 1008 1260 1330 2702 3122 4340 5173 5747 147 2709 3920

a) 17   17   17   17   17   18  18  18  18   18   18   18   18   19
b) 47   48   56   58   59   21  23  24  37   38   44   49   52   22
c) 4382 4683 5425 5936 6006 532 784 854 2226 2646 3864 4697 5271 469

a) 19   19   19   19   19   19   19   19   19   20   20   20   20
b) 31   34   39   41   42   43   50   54   55   40   45   47   48
c) 1120 1946 2548 2793 3003 3703 4907 5208 5278 2562 3773 4235 4536

a) 20   20   20   21  21  21   21   21   21   22  22  22   22   22
b) 56   58   59   25  30  36   57   60   61   23  24  37   38   44
c) 5278 5789 5859 336 630 1610 5313 5656 5691 252 322 1694 2114 3332

a) 22   22   23  23   23   23   23   23   23   23   23   24   24
b) 49   52   31  34   39   41   42   43   50   54   55   37   38
c) 4165 4739 651 1477 2079 2324 2534 3234 4438 4739 4809 1442 1862

a) 24   24   24   25   25   25   25   25   26  26   26   26   26
b) 44   49   52   37   38   44   49   52   30  36   57   60   61
c) 3080 3913 4487 1372 1792 3010 3843 4417 294 1274 4977 5320 5355

a) 27  27  28  28   29  30  31  31   31   31   32  32   32   32   32
b) 28  33  29  35   33  35  36  57   60   61   34  39   41   42   43
c) 119 714 154 1099 595 945 980 4683 5026 5061 826 1428 1673 1883 2583

a) 32   32   32   33   33   33   33   35  35  35   35   35   35   35
b) 50   54   55   46   51   53   62   39  41  42   43   50   54   55
c) 3787 4088 4158 2415 3731 3766 4683 602 847 1057 1757 2961 3262 3332

a) 37   37   37   38   38   38   39   39   39   40  40  40   40   40
b) 57   60   61   44   49   52   44   49   52   41  42  43   50   54
c) 3703 4046 4081 1638 2471 3045 1218 2051 2625 245 455 1155 2359 2660

a) 40   41   41   41   41   41   41   42  42   42   42   43   43
b) 55   45   47   48   56   58   59   43  50   54   55   50   54
c) 2730 1211 1673 1974 2716 3227 3297 910 2114 2415 2485 1904 2205

a) 43   44   44   44   45  45   46  46  46   46   46   47   47   47
b) 55   50   54   55   49  52   47  48  56   58   59   51   53   62
c) 2275 1204 1505 1575 833 1407 462 763 1505 2016 2086 1316 1351 2268

a) 48   48   48   49  49   49   50  51  51  52 52  54  57  57  58
b) 56   58   59   56  58   59   52  54  55  53 62  62  58  59  60
c) 1043 1554 1624 742 1253 1323 574 301 371 35 952 917 511 581 343

a) 58
b) 61
c) 378

Sum of positions (a + b): 18018 = 2 x 32 x 7 x 11 x 13. SF: 39 = 3 x 13.

12.2The 157th pair in the above list [a) 20, b) 45, c) 3773] gives the most factors of 7: 3773 = 73 x 11. It just so happens that all the positions of these letters also has a feature: 20 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + 31 + 32 + 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 + 37 + 38 + 39 + 40 + 41 + 42 + 43 + 44 + 45 = 845 = 5 x 132.

13.1Beginning with the first letter, and pulling every Nth after, the following values of N produce sequences divisible by 7:

4 11 14 16 18 32 37 46 53

The sum of N: 231 = 3 x 7 x 11. SF: 21 = 3 x 7.

13.2Beginning with the first letter, and pulling every Nth after, the following values of N produce sequences divisible by 13:

18 34

The sum of N: 52 = 2 x 2 x 13.

14.1Twenty-one (3 x 7) letters are prime numbers:

a) Letter position.       b) Letter value.

a) 7 9 14 25 30 40 46 47 52 61 68 72 89 101 105 106 107 108 109 113 127
b) 5 5 5  2  5  5  7  5  3  5  2  5  2  5   5   7   5   5   5   5   5

Total of the letters: 98 = 2 x 72.

14.2Sum of the nonprimes:

a) Letter position.       b) Letter value.

a) 1 2  3  4   5 6  8 10 11  12 13 15 16  17 18 19 20  21 22 23
b) 6 10 80 400 8 10 6 1  400 80 10 1  400 6  50 6  400 1  40 200

a) 24 26 27 28 29 31 32  33 34  35 36 37 38 39 41 42 43  44 45
b) 30 30 70 40 40 70 300 10 400 10 30 20 20 10 20 10 400 50 10

a) 48  49 50  51  53 54 55 56 57  58 59 60  62 63  64 65 66 67
b) 300 30 300 200 30 10 40 6  400 1  40 200 1  400 6  50 1  30

a) 69 70 71 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81  82 83 84 85  86  87  88 90
b) 30 70 40 30 6  1  1  50 20 10 1  400 50 20 1  300 200 200 20 400

a) 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 102 103 104 110 111 112 114
b) 70 30 10 40 70 6  4  20 70 4   10  6   40  60  20  50  60

a) 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126
b) 20  50  400 10  30  70  300 6   400 30  20  20

Total of the positions: 6692 = 22 x 7 x 239.

Total of the letters: 9506 = 2 x 72 x 97.

Conclusion

The numbers show the miracle behind the miracle, and assure us that long long ago, a donkey actually spoke. The Bible does not say an angel spoke through the donkey. Nor does the Bible say God spoke through the donkey. Moses' record of this incident is that it was the donkey speaking. In other words, animals are intelligent and have feelings.4 It is another reason why a righteous man treats domesticated animals well (Proverbs 12:10). Animals are not here for us to abuse.

The story of Balaam teaches us how rational men become less than unthinking beasts. It is the love of money that twists and perverts (1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5). By loving money, Balaam found himself in a serious predicament (Numbers 22:38). He thought God was an impersonal force or a puppet to be used for his own ends. Now he was the puppet. He thought God was open to sacrificial bribes. He was wrong.

From Numbers 22:39 to 24:25, all Balaam could do was bless Israel, angering the king of Moab. It is unlikely he was paid for his efforts. Unfortunately, he learned nothing at all from his close brush with death. He tried to retrieve his reputation by counseling the Midianites to seduce Israel into idol worship (Numbers 25:1-15). And he stayed to see through his project and be paid. He paid with his life.

They slew the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; and they also slew Balaam the son of Beor with the sword. (Numbers 31:8)

Notes

1.Hebrew text is from Bibleworks 3.2.009 by Michael S. Bushell, 1995. Verse numbering, vowels and punctuation have been removed.

2.Interlinear English was adapted from The NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament, edited by John R. Kohleberger III, Zondervan Publishing House, volume 1, 1979.

3.English reference quotes are from the Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson Inc., 1972.

4.Scientists have been devising sophisticated experiments and new ways of observation to understand animals as fellow beings. For more on the intelligence, and emotional lives of animals see Animal Wise, by Virginia Morell, Crown Publishers, 2013.

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