Indeed! Who can stand before human jealousy? It is a passionate and often violent emotion. Our readings in Proverbs 27:4 teaches us today that “wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, but who can stand before jealousy?!” Jealousy is worse than the fierceness of violent anger and the relentless, unexpected force of sweeping floods. Is this true? The wisdom of Proverbs singles it out to tell us so.

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….