Devotions January

Job 29-31

January 11, 2015

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What does it say?

This passage continues Job’s final rebuttal. By this time, everything sounds very familiar. Job’s accusers have no more to say. Before Job also grows weary of speaking, he summarizes his case. In Job 29 he describes the good life that earned him honor and respect before his calamity hit. Job 30 vividly […]

Job 24-28

January 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Job holds to faith, but almost steps over the line (24). He can’t understand why God doesn’t immediately judge the wicked, specifically those who steal property, livestock and take advantage of the weak and helpless. By implication Job asks why he’s suffering while the real villains go free. We have probably all […]

Job 21-23

January 9, 2015

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What does it say?

Job is frustrated that his accusers are not really listening to him (Job 21). He steadfastly denies their charges and clings to his original position that there is no hidden sin in life responsible for his loss.

Eliphaz counters that Job’s wickedness must be great indeed. He offers Job some advice that is […]

Job 17-20

January 8, 2015

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What does it say?

Thinking back on my lowest points gives me a hint of Job’s misery, as he reacts to his friends’ attacks (Job 17). Bildad concludes (Job 18) that Job is simply wicked and doesn’t know God (18:21). Try reading these conversations in a contemporary translation or paraphrase to better connect spiritually and emotionally […]

Job 14-16

January 7, 2015

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What does it say?

Job is still bleeding pain and angst. Feeling deserted by God and friends, he clings to faith, but wonders why God is silent. I can’t imagine being at life’s lowest moment, feeling that God is silent and my own friends are positive I did something I didn’t do. Job is down and […]

Job 10-13

January 6, 2015

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What does it say?

Can you remember the pain of being falsely accused? Job continues responding to Bildad, his denials becoming more vehement. As Job catches his breath, Job’s third friend Zophar enters the discussion, his words rising to match the passion of Job’s.

Steadfastly Job refuses to confess a non-existent, specific sin. The repetitive nature of […]

Job 6-9

January 5, 2015

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What does it say?

Pay attention as Job expresses his anguish without accusing God or denying his faith. Job responds to Eliphaz’s contention that he must have some secret sin. While not denying the generalized truth Eliphaz quotes, Job maintains that no specific sin in his life accounts for his calamity.

Bildad sings the second verse, same […]

Job 1-5

January 4, 2015

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What does it say?

Every chronological Bible reading plan differs because certain events, people and writings cannot be dated accurately. This plan inserts Job following Gen 11, reminding me that Job is not a Jew. Most scholars agree that Job is the oldest writing in the Bible. Before Abraham in Gen 12, I meet Job instead. […]

Gen 8-11

January 3, 2015

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What does it say?

The story line is straightforward. God’s judgment falls, but redemption and restoration follow immediately. God remembers Noah and his plan for creation. He commissions Noah in Gen 9:1 precisely as he did Adam and Eve.

God’s relationship with Noah is an unconditional promise of grace. The human race is designed to multiply. It’s […]

Gen 4-7

January 2, 2015

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What does it say?

The devastating effects of sin are obvious. The first humans experienced spiritual death as their bodies also began a painful return to the dust (Gen 3). Immediately, the previously happily married couple plays the mutual blame game – not a healthy relationship. Sin destroys relationships –with God, each other and all creation.

Here, […]

Gen 1-3

January 1, 2015

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What does it say?

I once heard Dr. John Philips teach the entire book of Genesis in 45 minutes. It was awesome! I’ve used his basic outline several times. In my own words, Gen 1-11 tells of the beginning of history with four great milestones: 1) Creation, Gen 1-2; 2) The Fall, Gen 3-5; Noah’s Flood, […]