“…but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.”
but he was rebuked for his iniquity:
A jackass rebuked Balaam. The Holy Spirit has a great sense of humor here. He took a jackass to reprimand and blame Balaam.
“Iniquity” is lawlessness. By using his spiritual gift for monetary gain, Balaam entered lawlessness. His lawlessness continued by luring young Israeli men into a situation where young girls paraded in front of them. He said in effect, “Let nature take its course.” He led these young Jewish men into immorality.
a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice
Here a jackass is smarter than Balaam.
“Speaking” here is bombastic speaking. He not only spoke but he preached a sermon. He probably preached a better sermon than most preachers preach!
restrained the madness of the prophet
Balaam was cut off at the pass when he heard the jackass speak. Balaam was “mad” because he was blinded by his love for money.
God can use any vehicle to communicate his truth.
If God can take a jackass and turn him into a preacher, then He can use you and your message. When you think you have arrived as a great communicator, just remember Balaam’s ass!