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OYB August 25

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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Job

16:9-11 God hates me and angrily tears me apart. He snaps his teeth at me and pierces me with his eyes. People jeer and laugh at me. They slap my cheek in contempt. A mob gathers against me. God has handed me over to sinners. He has tossed me into the hands of the wicked. I noticed a couple of things in today's reading (in several places). Job is definitely a Christ-type. He is an icon of righteousness, struck down by God and man. Job is also a representation of a chosen person where his way is much harder than that of his friends, but it is for a divine purpose, not a holy vent. God has "chosen" Job to be a piece of God's story (His-Story) for us (as we've covered in the previous entries) of the need of man for a Savior, no matter how clean and righteous. But also today, we see glimmers of the plight of the chosen—that God orchestrates the "cross" for His chosen, where they are rejected of men and smitten by God in order that He might prepare them for the great responsibilities in the coming ages (1 Cor. 6:1-4).

16:21 I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends. Our theme!

16:22 For soon I must go down that road from which I will never return. All along we have seen Job's hopelessness as he contemplates death. This is Job reasoning in his flesh. But we are just about to see a beautiful working of hope by the Spirit in his heart.

17:1-2 My spirit is crushed, and my life is nearly snuffed out. The grave is ready to receive me. I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me. Evidence of Christ-type!

19:5-6 You think you're better than I am, using my humiliation as evidence of my sin. But it is God who has wronged me, capturing me in his net. Evidence of the way of the chosen (called out for a purpose), being "disciplined" or carrying a cross in this life in preparation for the next (Galatians 2:20). It seems that the hypocrites and the evil people get away with it all in this life, while the godly suffer intensely at times. Remember, God loves those He disciplines as His own sons!

"My child, don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes those he accepts as his children." Hebrews 12:5-6

19:21-22 Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy, for the hand of God has struck me. Must you also persecute me, like God does? Haven't you chewed me up enough? More of the lament of the ones called out for God's purposes. More evidence of Job as a Christ-type.

19:23-24 Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock (or The Rock)! I believe Job got his answer!

And for the GRAND FINALE! Thus far Job has had complete hopelessness about the grave and his impending fate. But suddenly, a cool drink of water comes into a thirsty man...the cool drink of water from the River of Life! This could only have come to Job by divine inspiration!

19:25-27 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! Notice it is "in his body" he will see God. We are to occupy our same bodies in the Kingdom, only transformed into glorious versions!

1 Corinthians

16:9 There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. You can always recognize an open door of God for a great work—there are BIG GUYS standing there, ready to oppose you!