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OYB August 31

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  • 2009 Aug 31
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Job

Today we see that, while Elihu has a lot of wisdom for his young age (he claims youth), he makes the fatal error of judging Job's heart. We can always be "fruit inspectors" but we are never to judge where a person is at inside their hearts. Notice that Job's friends don't ever point out specific sins, they only say he is guilty or that he "must be" guilty. As believers, it is important if we are trying to exhort others to truth, that we are specific and compassionate. Job's "friends" were neither.

37:13 He makes these things happen either to punish people or to show his unfailing love (NLT). Compare NASB, which makes me wonder WHY NLT thought they should change it:

"Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

38:6-7 What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? I wonder what the "cornerstone" of the earth is? We know what the cornerstone of the Temple is (us all being built into the Kingdom), but I wonder if there is a connection?

38:8 Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb... This is an interesting picture! Remember when the waters came forth for the flood, it was like a bursting from a womb! Waters came from above and below.

38:16 Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? We can always learn clues from God about how He put the world together. I didn't know there are springs in the seas, did you?

38:17 Do you know where the gates of death are located? Death is a mystery. I have felt it heavily with my mom. One minute here, the next minute through those mysterious "gates of death."

38:24 Where is the path to the source of light? Where is the home of the east wind? I have thought about this a lot. Who can explain LIGHT? Light is eternal (keeps shining until it makes contact with something), invisible, and only seen on that which it touches. It is a most mysterious thing (like life itself) that if you really think about it, cannot be explained. Who can really explain wind-as in, where does it start? I love God's questions for mankind!

38:33 Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth? Scientists have discovered these laws (such as laws of thermodynamics), so it is a beautiful confirmation of God mentioning them here in Job.

38:37 Who can tilt the water jars of heaven. Still love these pictures!

39:17 For God has deprived her of wisdom. He has given her no understanding. God's sovereignty.

39:19-21 Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane? Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible. He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He goes out to meet the weapons. You know, me and horses have never really gotten along. Now I see why B-). They were made to be ornery! In our old nayyyborhood (excuse the pun), we used to have this wild stallion that our nayyybors had purchased from a prairie roundup of wild horses. I gotta tell you, this horse captivated my heart! Of course, I never rode him or anything, but he seemed to have a "thing" for me. Whenever I walked by and talked to him out in his field, he'd start showing off for me. Seriously, he was TRYING to captivate me! And it so worked. He would gallop lightning fast around his pasture, bucking and raring up, snorting and whinnying, too. Frequently he'd run right past me, bobbing his head and mane up and down in a victory-like prance. Over a few months, he grew to trust me, and even let me pet him a few times. But it was a little bit like watching Jesus at His next appearance on earth, when He will be valiant, untamed, defiant, wild beauty, and victory!

2 Corinthians

4:13 But we [Paul and his co-workers] continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, "I believed in God, so I spoke (NLT)." This is not quite what NASB says. NLT (classic) has taken liberties throughout here to label Paul as speaking on behalf of he and his co-workers. After closer inspection, I believe he is exhorting the ecclesia (believers).

4:17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an [age-during] weight of glory far beyond all comparison... This is reminding the listener of the REWARD that will pale all suffering as "light and momentary!" (Hint: MK)

5:1 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. NLT (I am not in agreement)

Compare YLT: For we have known that if our earthly house of the tabernacle may be thrown down, a building from God we have, an house not made with hands -- age-during -- in the heavens. I think this is sort of mixing "buildings." Yes, our bodies will be resurrected, but I think Paul is sort of double-talking here about the New Jerusalem being prepared for us in the heavens. Remember that we don't go off to live in the heavens (in my opinion), we are made to live right here on earth with Christ and eventually God. But one day, God will bring down the New Jerusalem, and I believe that is what Paul is referring to as the house in the heavens. But in this passage, seems to be talking about both our new bodies and the new city.  

5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. I like the way this sounds so fair!