Job 14-15

Notes for January 13, 2012

Job 14:

Job continues.

1-3: Life is short, and full of trouble.

4: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear; and you can’t get good out of a sinner.

5: God determines our life’s span.

Acts 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

7-14:Does Job deny the possibility of resurrection, or does he say that once a man dies he never comes back to live on earth again to suffer tribulation?

16: God takes account of our every move.

Matthew 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

17:Ziplock freezer bags, anyone?

19:A science observation: waters wear the stones.  How long does it take for this erosion to take place?

 

Job 15

Eliphaz speaks again; and again he mixes some truth with some tradition and some pride.

2-3:Job, you are full of wind. You don’t know anything; listening to you is a waste of time.

4:Why aren’t you afraid that this will destroy your access to God?

5-6:Listen to yourself.

7-9:Do you begin to think that you know more than we do?

10: We are your elders!

1 Timothy 4:12  Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

11-13:I can’t believe you’d speak like this.

14-16:Don’t you know that we all are sinners?

17-35:The wicked never prosper. (And that, Job, is the reason for your trouble.)

 

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Images, Icons and Idolatry-What’s the Big Deal?

Back in Greece, people would ask me what the differences are between Evangelical Christianity and the Greek Orthodox religion. I’d start with the issue of images, and they would say “Yeah, I know about that. What else?”

What else? As though that’s not a big deal. Isn’t idolatry enough?

If a person agreed with me on every biblical doctrine, except on the matter of images, I still would not consider him a brother in Christ.

I’m reading through the book of Exodus (chapter 32), and the people have just bowed down to the golden calf (which represented the LORD). God speaks to Moses and says: the people are bowing down to an idol, that’s it, I’m going to kill them!

WOW. Hey calm down! Isn’t that a little harsh? They just made an image, they didn’t murder anyone!

Moses talks to Him and God decides not to kill them.

Next chapter God says to the people: go to the land I promised you, but I’m not coming with you because if I come with you, I’ll end up killing you for what you did.

WOW. Hey, I thought you got over that little incident. Relax, what’s the big deal?

Another chapter later. God speaks to Moses about His glory. God gives Moses another set of the Ten Commandments, and then, Moses, slowly, cautiously, reluctantly says: um… I’d like to go to the land you told us about. Can you forgive us for what we did?

Are we still on that? Come on LORD; get over it already!

Is God being weird? Is He a little mean? Is He being kind of extreme? What is it?

Idolatry WILL NOT be tolerated. That’s what.

 

Job 11-13

Notes for January 12, 2012

Job 11

2-4: Even today believers are maligned when they express any confidence that God has saved them. Many cults, denominations and movements deny that the Christian can ever know for sure that he is saved and that he will be saved.  Job’s friends attack him because he insists that he is right with God.

5-6: Zophar wishes that God would speak for Himself and correct Job.

7-12: How can Job presume to know God? Obviously Zophar himself doesn’t know God or he would understand how someone else could know God.

2 Timothy 1:12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

13-14: Zophar adds that Job cannot approach God with unclean hands. Is this not stating the obvious, something that Job readily admits?

16-19: Security will come after you confess your sins and approach God with clean hands.

Yes, yes, Job knows this and has done this; but still there is trouble.

20: The unrepentant will perish.

Poor Job. His friends keep pointing fingers at him and falsely accusing him.

 

Job 12

Job answers.

2: You guys know everything. The world will be in a real mess after you die. (What sarcasm!)

6: Look around and you will see that the unrighteous DO prosper. Proponents of a health and wealth gospel should look around and see how many rich and healthy heathen there are.

7-11: Creation knows that God is in control of all things.

12-25: God controls the length of our days. God breaks things down and we cannot build them up again. God shuts doors and we cannot open them. When God withhold the rain, drought results. He rules over kings and princes. He knows the secret deeds and thoughts of men. Clearly Job believed in the sovereignty of God.

 

Job 13

Job continues.

1: This is what I have observed.  Of course we are to live by faith and not by sight; but when a lifetime of sight contradicts our faith, it’s time to reconsider.

2: I’m not inferior to you, Job counters. A holier-than-thou attitude can humiliate its listeners into submission; but Job will not be pushed down.

3: His friends have insisted that Job speak with God about these problems–and Job agrees that this is the best course of action.

4-6: But his friends have not been any help at all! And Job pleads with them to consider his reasoning. Too few people actually know how to listen; and fewer still know how to analyze another person’s reasoning. The brain wasn’t designed to keep the skull from imploding.

7: Beware of those who put themselves in God’s place. Many religious leaders speak their own thoughts and not God’s.

13: Stop bothering me.

15-16: Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. He shall be my salvation. Does Job’s confidence in God shine forth?

18: I know I shall be justified. (Do you know that you will be justified by God?)

22: Lord, call me and I will answer; and Lord, please answer me when I call You.

23: I want to know my sins. The world would be a different place if everyone wanted God to show his sins.

24-28: Lord, why are these things happening to me?

 

 

 

 

Job 9-10

Notes for January 11, 2012

In these chapters Job addresses the accusation that he thinks too little of God and too much of himself.

Job 9

2: Job agrees with Bildad that God will not put away a perfect man, nor will He help evil doers. “But,” Job asks, “how should man be just with God?” If what Bildad has said is true, and Job agrees that it is, who then can be saved?

3: Who can argue with God?

4-12: Job’s theology is revealed as he shows why it is futile to try to justify oneself to God.

4: God is wise and God is mighty-man cannot prevail in a fight with God.

5: God can be angry; and when He is angry, God may move mountains.

6-9: God shakes the earth, commands the sun not to rise and shine, spreads out the heavens, steps on the sea and makes the stellar constellations. Job’s God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, yea of all universes.

10: God does countless things that man cannot comprehend.

11: God can pass by without my knowing He is here.

12: God takes away and no man can stop Him or ask why He does so. It’s true, isn’t it, that some aspects of our lives change: people come and go, wealth increases and decreases, health disappears, etc. and we have no control and no explanation.

14-16: I could never argue with God

22: Trouble comes to all men

25-26: The days go by quickly

29: If I am wicked, as you say, then why do I work so hard to be good?

30-31: No matter how clean I make myself, I can never be clean enough for God.

33: I need a mediator

 

Job 10

2: Lord, show me why…

7-8: Lord, you made me and you know me inside and out

10-13: Lord, you have been my God for many years

17-22: Lord, may I have a little rest before I die?