Teaching Children About Bible Miracles – Balaam’s Donkey Speaks

Balaam's donkey

Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God.  If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today.  Here is an easy way to do that interactively.

Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of Numbers;  Balaam’s Donkey Speaks (Numbers 22:20-35)

God’s People (the Israelites) were camping in the plains of Moab.  Balak the King of Moab was afraid of the Israelites because of how they had destroyed the Amorites.

He sends messengers to the prophet Balaam offering great rewards to come and curse the Israelites so Moab could defeat them.  Balaam refused because he knew the Israelites were God’s people.

Balak sent his messengers again offering greater rewards than the first time if Balaam would curse the Israelites.  Finally, Balaam consents to go, but not before God warns Balaam only to speak God’s words.

Ask the children…

What did Balaam’s donkey see standing in the road that Balaam was prevented from seeing and what did the donkey do?

“Balaam’s donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand. The donkey bolted off the road into a field, but Balaam beat it and turned it back onto the road.” (Numbers 22:23)

Three times the donkey tries to keep Balaam from moving forward and being killed by the angel, finally what does the donkey do?

“Then the LORD gave the donkey the ability to speak. ‘What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?’  it asked Balaam.” (Numbers 22:28)

What further miracle did the Lord do for Balaam and how did Balaam respond?

“Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the roadway with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam bowed his head and fell face down on the ground before him.” (Number 22:31)

Finally, what additional miracle did the Lord do to convince Balaam to only speak the words God wanted him to say?

“But the angel of the LORD told Balaam, ‘Go with these men, but say only what I tell you to say.’ So Balaam went on with Balak’s officials.” (Numbers 22:35)

So God spoke to Balaam through the donkey and the angel.  Isn’t it wonderful the lengths God will go to communicate with us?

Now you can see how Bible miracles are God’s way of blessing the world.  Glory to Him!!!

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  


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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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