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OYB August 24

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Job

12:5-6 People who are at ease mock those in trouble. They give a push to people who are stumbling. But robbers are left in peace, and those who provoke God live in safety—though God keeps them in his power. I have noticed that it seems to be the Christians who demonstrate this "kick ‘em while they're down" mentality. And it does seem at times like the "robbers" or those who provoke God seem to have little repercussions. But this is only temporary.

12:16 Yes, strength and wisdom are his; deceivers and deceived are both in his power. There's a lot about God's sovereignty in Job! Leaves little doubt about God controlling the outcome of everything. Verses 16-25 elaborate on this very topic.

13:7-10 Are you defending God with lies? Do you make your dishonest arguments for his sake? Will you slant your testimony in his favor? Will you argue God's case for him? What will happen when he finds out what you are doing? Can you fool him as easily as you fool people? No, you will be in trouble with him if you secretly slant your testimony in his favor. I thought this was a cool nugget. God takes offense even when we "slant" an argument in His favor. This is a testimony to His justice and how much He hates unbalanced scales—even if it were in His own favor.

13:16 But this is what will save me [be my salvation or Yeshua]—I am not godless. If I were, I could not stand before him. Greek word for godless is hypocrite. Yes, this is what will save me, I am not a hypocrite. But even in that...we must all be sober-minded about this. Hypocrites never see it in themselves. The only way to know for sure is to ask the hypocrisy hounds-your kids!

14:4 Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one! Set up!

14:5 You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer. I guess I will give up the Barley Max and hit the ice cream and hot dogs! :-)

14:10-12 But when people die, their strength is gone. They breathe their last, and then where are they? As water evaporates from a lake and a river disappears in drought, people are laid to rest and do not rise again. Until the heavens are no more, they will not wake up nor be roused from their sleep. Again, this shows the hopelessness of the early people before the promises. It is of interest to me now that I'm getting the big picture and how the covenants changed people's thinking and shed hope and light on hopelessness.

14:13-15 But mark your calendar to think of me again! Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. I love Job's heart. Write me in on your calendar so you don't forget me. I like how Job thought of God yearning for him because he was formed by God.

14:16-17 For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins. My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover my guilt. Aren't we thankful God doesn't just sit around, watching for our sins? It is inspiring seeing the way God is directing Job's thoughts.

1 Corinthians

15:50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. I have suspected from my studies that blood is how sin is transmitted. Women are unclean during their monthly cycles. Babies born in the blood are unclean and a sin offering must be made. We must not eat the blood of animals. And also it is interesting that it was Christ's BLOOD that covered our sin. If our sin is handed down through our blood, it makes sense that Christ's pure blood, untainted with sin, was the required offering. In case you come across it, this verse is also an argument against a certain teaching that only Israelites will be resurrected into "terrestrial" bodies, which is really similar to our bodies now. This teaching goes along with a certain teaching that there are two separate gospels between Jews and Gentiles, which is also completely untrue. Impossible that anyone would have earthly bodies as we see clearly here that these bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom.

15:51-52 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. I personally believe, after studying this from a Jewish perspective, that it will happen on the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets is the first fall Feast that must be fulfilled and it is the day that "no man knows the day or the hour of its appearance" because it was identified by looking for the sliver of the new moon each month. It precedes Day of Atonement, when I believe the Jews will grieve over their Messiah when He reveals Himself to them, and a few days later is Feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus will set up His Kingdom on earth to "tabernacle" or dwell with men. And I believe (so far) that the resurrection will not happen until the 7th Trumpet in Revelation. This says "at the LAST trumpet." The last trumpet in Revelation is the 7th Trumpet. And what does it say?

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign." Revelation 11:15-17

Notice that Jesus has set up His Kingdom here after the last trumpet, and has begun to reign (think "Feast of Tabernacles.") 

As you can see, this is after many of the judgments of the tribulation, so it I'm correct, it completely destroys the theory of a pre-tribulation rapture!

Proverbs 21:30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord. Amen!