As I was reading Hosea 2 today, I wondered if this is where Jesus got the idea for the parable of the Prodigal Son. I found, as I compared and contrasted the stories, that they complement and complete one another. Together they are like a musical composition that has various parts that combine synergistically to make exquisite, melodious harmony.

I don’t know about you, but I find the story of Balaam rather a curious one. Just who was this guy? Why did God work with him? A talking donkey, really?! And what’s the point of the inclusion of this account in Scriptures? These and other questions scrambled together in my head, so I knew I had to do some Bible detective work to find answers. I was not disappointed….