Archive for February 2017

Job 8 Victorious or Victim?

We now have Bildad the Shuhite’s response to Job’s statements and condition. We discover he essentially makes an accusation against Job, even more strong that his fellow comforter Eliphaz, aginst Job. Declaring that he must have sinned or his children would not have been killed. If Job would but “earnestly seek God” and pray; if…

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Job 7 Stand

These twenty one verses conclude Job’s response to Eliphaz. Keep in mind that both of these men approach the status of Job from an incorrect position; Eliphaz, declaring that Job had secret sin and Job blaming God for his troubles. Job looked for the night to rest from the challenges of the day, but knew…

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Job 6 Hope Gives Strength

Job responds to his “friend” who took two chapters to despise him on faulty assumption of hidden sin in his life. Job’s view of the conversation hasn’t changed his mind set; if anything it settled it more in his own conscious. The weight of his “grief” was heavy, to the point it was heavier that…

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Job 5 Sincere, but Sincerely Wrong

Eliphaz concludes his triade to Job, which contains many truths; yet is established on a faulty foundation. Wisdom can come from those who are sincerely wrong; yet nonetheless sincere. This man assumed Job must have sinned or transgressed against God and thus counsels Job to turn to Him and find all that he desires; including…

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Job 4 Don’t Prejudge

The next two chapters we read of Eliphaz the Temanite speaking as one who knows and understands why Job is going through this trial. He begins with eloquent words affirming Job and all that he has done for those in the past who experienced a similar kind of trial he was now enduring. Calling him…

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Job 3 The Pity Pot `

Years ago, I would visit this lady, where on a couple of occasions she would say “I’ve been sitting on the pity pot”. Sometimes she would add, “and it was full and running over”. Job depicts that adage graphically for us in this chapter. After the seven days of mourning, he speaks out of his…

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Job 1 A Saintly Response to Calamity

The book of Job is without a doubt one of the most controversial in scripture. Questions abound as to whether Job was in fact a real man or an allegory, also if there was ever a time in which this book was written. However, the inspired text begins with “There was a man in the…

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Job 2 Integrity in the Storm

We read of the account for round two in this chapter of Satan coming before the “sons of God”, during which the Lord asked him where he’d been; which he responded with a vague response; all this while he had in fact been considering Job. Satan’s response was “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a…

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Esther 10 Leadership Qualities

Esther has a unique position in scripture, in that it is the final book of history in scripture and final words of divine inspiration as well. The record turns from Esther to Mordecai’s activity and notoriety across the Jewish people as well as the Persian Empire. He had been elevated to the position of governor…

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Esther 9 Celebrate Victories

The first portion of this chapter deals with the decree drafted by Esther and Mordecai against those who had been involved in the harm to be inflicted by Haman; which included those who assisted Haman and Hammedatha, along with their children. It’s interesting that the satraps, governors and king’s workers did whatever Mordecai requested, as…

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