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Job 16-19:29

Things that made me go, “Hmmm,” in today’s reading of Job:

1) 16:20-21: My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God. Oh, that someone would mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends.

It seems to me that if your friends were scorning you then they really were not friends. A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you. Job’s friends thought they knew everything about him, they operated out of assumptions and presumption, and didn’t like Job based on what they presumed.

There are friends that one hath to his own hurt; but there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 JPS) That friend is Jesus.

2) 17:1-2: 1"My spirit is crushed, and I am near death. The grave is ready to receive me. 2I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me.

This word translated “mockers” in the Hebrew means, to deride; by implication to cheat: - deal deceitfully, deceive, mock. (Strong’s number 2048). Job is battling his “friends” word for word and telling them off, to their face, but they still stick around and Job doesn’t tell them to go take a hike.

Is it good to have people around you that do not believe the things about God, His character, His attributes, the same way you do? Can this be good for your faith? Can it build you up or does in inevitable tear you down?

3) There is a saying that I had forgotten but maybe here I need to bring it out and think about it,

“Sometimes a set back is nothing but a set-up for God to make a come back.”

Whatever is happening to Job, even in the midst of his deepest, darkest despair Job has a revelation that his life consists of more than what can be lived on the earth in his body. There is a realization that life is lived outside of this flesh we call “us.. His hope that he has lost, in the material world, is moved to the spiritual. I believe this because the man who said that all he had to look forward to was the grave and worms (17:14), now proclaims something wonderful in the 19th chapter and it is the same verse that caught Arun’s imagination,

25 "But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! 27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!

Job suddenly understands that there is more to him that a decaying flesh and blood body, he is sprit and soul. Paul spoke of this in his letter to the Thessalonians,

Now may the God of peace himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

I Corinthians 16:1-24

The offering that Paul encouraged this church to prepare for him to take to Jerusalem, I believe was a “special” offering dedicated to the relief of those in Jerusalem, not to be confused with the regular offering needed by the local bodies to finance the work of the Gospel as well as the servants God had called to oversee His sheep.

Psalm 40:1-10

8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your law is written on my heart."

Everyday we come to this site to get the day’s reading so that in reading and studying God’s Word we will move what we have managed to understand from our heads to our heart. Thank you Mike for helping us to put God’s Word in our heart. You have also provided a place for us to come and learn how to have a relationship with God and His Son. John 1:1 states,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1 KJV)

God and His Word are one, and though at times the presence of God can be felt with our five senses, our relationship with Him, Jesus and the Holy Spirit has to begin and be based on His Word.

Proverb 22:1: If you maintain your character, your reputation will take care of itself by defending you.

This has been proven in my life many a time. A couple of weeks ago someone when to my new boss and said, I made a nasty comment about them. My boss being new, believed them and called the other persons supervisor after e-mailing them what I had said. (She also called me to task for my words) Well, I did say the words the person said I said, but not to him. I had commented on something I had e-mailed to our IT department over the weekend (an article on taking personal responsibility) and the person making the complaint said I was talking about him, when I was not talking about him but too his supervisor. (Could this be a case of “conviction?” When his supervisor found out what was said to my boss, he reprimanded the person who tried to get me in trouble (I really wasn’t concerned because I knew what I had said and why). He also told him that He needed to mind his own business and that he knew me and that I would 1) never say that about anyone and, 2) “Ramona was talking about something else,” that’s where the mind you own business came in.

Believe me your reputation will take care of itself if you work at maintaining your character, though you may not be liked but you will be respected.

Grace and peace,

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