This parashah is about a talking donkey. As a child, I remember hearing about this donkey, but never understood the reason for his chattering. I knew there was an angel and some man hit his donkey a few times; however, no one in my years of Sunday school or even my early years as a believer taught the reasons for this event. Since Yeshua warns the Congregation in Pergamum about the teachings of Balaam, it is important to understand who this man was and what he did (Revelation 2:14-15).
By the time Yeshua gave John this revelation, non-Jewish believers had joined the Jewish believers in the commonwealth of Isra’el. These congregations lived a Biblically Jewish lifestyle that built upon the four requirements for leaving pagan religious systems outlined at the Council of Jerusalem and included learning Torah (Acts 15:19-21). The messages from the Messiah 2000 years ago still have much to say to the Messianic communities that exist around the world today.