Job 8:1-11:20 ~ 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 ~ Psalm 38:1-22 ~ Proverbs 21:28-29
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Old Testament - Okay, so I am sure that most of us have heard the old adage "patience of Job." (As in, "she has the patience of Job." etc.) Well, today's chapters 9 & 10 are probably not where this adage came from! :) Job is not showing a lot of patience in these chapters. Can you blame him? Would you speak differently if you were in Job's situation? Or perhaps would your language be worse? It is important to note that Job does not curse God directly, as Satan said Job would do in the beginning of the book. Job is certainly complaining about his situation - and, well, not to spoil the book of Job here for you... but Job will repent of what he says to God later in the book. In Job chapter 10 today we read Job's plea to God, including this in verses 18 through 22: "`Why, then, did you bring me out of my mother's womb? Why didn't you let me die at birth? Then I would have been spared this miserable existence. I would have gone directly from the womb to the grave. I have only a little time left, so leave me alone--that I may have a little moment of comfort before I leave for the land of darkness and utter gloom, never to return. It is a land as dark as midnight, a land of utter gloom where confusion reigns and the light is as dark as midnight.'"
The other adage, in addition to "patience of Job", that I was thinking about in today's readings is "with friends like these, who needs enemies??" :) Zophar in chapter 11 seems to really have compassion-deficiency! I do think that Zophar and Bildad in chapter 8 were trying to say the things they thought Job needed to hear. But they overstated the case I think in a few places. I don't agree w/ Zophar saying in chapter 11 verse 3 that Job mocked God: "When you mock God, shouldn't someone make you ashamed?" Here's my question for us today. Are we sometimes like Zophar and Bildad? Do we jump to conclusions about maybe why bad things are happening to our friends? Do we offer up our big advice and big words and big bluster before really listening to our friends and understanding their situation fully? I am afraid that sometimes we jump to conclusions far too quickly. I always try to remember the old Stephen Covey adage (wow, 3 adages here in 1 post! :) from the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People": "Seek first to understand, and then to be understood." Let us seek first to really understand our friends or family members issues before we start offering our prescriptions for them. Let us first try walking a mile in their shoes!
New Testament - We read beautifully true words from Paul today in First Corinthians chapter 15 verses 3 & 4: "I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me--that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said." And then there are some interesting words from Paul in verses 17 through 19: "And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished! And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people in the world." He immediately follows up these verses with this statement in verse 20: "But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again." This is quite a chapter from Paul about the Resurrection of Jesus and the Resurrection of the dead! I think the key question we each need to ask ourselves is: do you believe that Jesus was born on this earth 2,000 years ago, is the Son of God, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for your sins, and on the third day rose from the dead? This is the question on which all of Christianity - and your personal faith in Jesus - hinges. So, what say you?
In verses 5 through 8 today six resurrection appearances of Jesus' are mentioned. Below is a full list of Jesus' resurrection appearances from Zondervan's NIV Study Bible:
1. The empty tomb (not an appearance per se - but no body was in the tomb - the first indication of the resurrection)
2. To Mary Magdalene in the garden
3. To the other women
4. To two people going to Emmaus
5. To Peter
6. To the ten disciples in the upper room
7. To the 11 disciples in the upper room (including Thomas this time - see painting below)
8. To seven disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee
9. To the 11 disciples on a mountain
10. To more than 500
11. To James
12. To the disciples at His ascension
13. To Paul on the road to Damascus
One of my favorite paintings of a resurrection appearance of Jesus' is by the Italian artist Caravaggio from the year 1603 titled "Doubting Thomas":
Bible.org's commentary on today's readings in First Corinthians 15 titled "A Refresher Course on the Resurrection of the Dead" is at this link. Below is a great image for First Corinthians chapter 15 verse 2 from today's readings:
Psalms - Psalm 38 is powerful! Verses 4 & 5 speak so much to our human condition - "My guilt overwhelms me--it is a burden too heavy to bear. My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins." Does this verse speak to you in any way, shape or form? If so, please consider then verse 18 - "But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done." Will you confess your sins to God today? Will you admit that you are truly sorry for your sins? Will you pray for healing from your sins? Will you make confession of your sins to God a regular practice?
Proverbs - Proverbs chapter 21 verse 29 today is subtle but so true: "The wicked put up a bold front, but the upright proceed with care." Have you ever seen folks that put up a bold front, but don't have much behind it all? And then seen those that are so humble and maybe even seem quiet, but then deliver incredible fruits? As Jesus said - you'll know a tree by its fruit. A bad tree cannot produce good fruit and a good tree cannot produce bad fruit. This Proverb is a great reminder that the front / the sales pitch / the first impression is not the fruit! It's what comes next and what is delivered with quality and consistency that comes next. Do you put up a bold front at times? Or do you make it a habit to instead proceed with care? Let us be an upright people!
Worship God: Our First Corinthians chapter 15 readings today about Jesus' resurrection reminded me of the Newsboys song "He Reigns!" I had not seen the video to this song until just now, but I love the video! Watch the video all the way to the end to see all God's children on the beach singing and dancing "Glory, Glory! Alleluia! He Reigns!" Also, notice how the video changes from night / dark at the beginning to Day / Light as it progresses! Reminds me of how our hearts change when we finally decide to surrender them on over to Jesus...
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins." 1 Corinthians 15:17 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray that you wholeheartedly believe in the Resurrection of Jesus. Pray that you wholeheartedly believe in your resurrection after death, if you have a saving faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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In the old TV series, Dragnet, one of the main characters use to say, “Just the facts “M’am,” just the facts.” But as we continue reading in Job we will find that facts and truth are not same. Job and his friends are still thinking that God is the one who has brought on this calamity. Job is trying to prove that he is righteous and His friends are trying to prove to Job that he is sinful.
One of the hardest things to do is to try to convince someone who has all ready made up their mind that you are right and or they are wrong. You can wear yourself out trying to do that.
I Corinthians 15:1-28
The very foundation of the Christian faith, is Jesus’ death, burial and Resurrection. Paul puts it like this,
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 KJV)
We are so caught up in “living” we forget what life is all about. So too with our Christian walk, in trying to be “Christians” we forget what being a Christian is all about. It is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is all about what He has done, not what we have done. When we lose sight of that then we wind up on the road of “strange” doctrine, we wind up arguing over the incidentals and forgetting the foundation, Jesus’ Death, Burial and Resurrection. I believe that message is what Paul is trying to drill into the heads, hearts and minds of all those who say they call on the Name of Christ.
Remember this letter is one of correcton.
Someone once asked the question, “Do you have brains?” “How do you know, are you sure?” Well we would say because I can reason and think I know that I have brains. Then the person asking the question said, “If you have brains, when was the last time you felt them?”
Just because you feel a certain way, does not mean that what you feel, or don’t feel is truth.
The title of this Psalm says, “A psalm of David, to bring us to the LORDs remembrance.” God has said He will never leave us or forsake us, (AMP) 1Ki_8:57; Pro_9:6; Heb_13:5; but we constantly find ourselves reminding God what He has said. Truthfully, we are really not reminding God of anything, who we really are reminding is ourselves. We are speaking to ourselves, mediating on the Words God has given us to remind us of what He said, by reminding Him of what He told us to remind Him with, His Words. (Hope this makes sense)
I think the wicked put up a bold front because they are trying to convince everyone, including themselves, that they are right. If enough volume and bravado is added to his words and body language, then he can gain what they want by intimidation and brut force. He operates under the false assumption that “Might makes Right.”
Grace and peace,
Posted by: Ramona | August 22, 2017 at 08:07 PM
If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.
Posted by: Charles | August 23, 2017 at 04:27 AM