I know, y'all are shaking your heads in disbelief. We are supposed to be studying the women of the Bible, as we have for some time now. (Personally, I have enjoyed the studies, since it gave me a chance to really focus on some lesser-known ladies that I have always wanted to learn more about.) But this time, this "lady" is of the furry variety!
Hear me out.
Recently I spent some time convalescing from a bout with the flu. I was reading in the Old Testament, and I tend to get a little crazy when I find some new nuggets in the Old Testament. I mean, not many people really get hepped up when you mention you are studying there. Their perception is that it's kinda dull, has lots of "begats" in it, and is only punctuated by occasional cool stories of God's intervention in human affairs.
I'm here to tell you, that's just not true. And today's "woman" of the Bible is one example.
Ready to dive in?
I'd like to lay the ground work for our story by asking you to read a rather lengthy passage. I've placed it here for your convenience, but you may want to read in your own Bible or a different translation. That's cool, too.
In the NIV, which I pasted there, the donkey (ass) is referred to as an "it," In the KJV, the verses mention her repeatedly as a female:
I know it's a little out of the ordinary. But then y'all probably are not surprised at that, coming from me!
I figure this passage is definitely one that we should include. I hope you agree, and that you will join me next time!