Ever had people try to explain what is going on to you?

The Story of Job. – Day 25

Ever been in a situation where you are wondering what just happened? Or how did I get here? Ever had people who say they are your friends try to tell you their thoughts on why or how you got into this situation? Ever had people who say they are your friends try to tell you what you need to do in order to make it better? Ever had people who say they are your friends start to give false accusations for why and how you ended up in that situation? Ever had people who say they are your friends start to give bad advice or reasons for why and how you ended up in that situation?

How will you know what is true? How will you know what is right? How will you know what is helpful? How will you know what is important? How will you know what is necessary? How will you know what to do?

I know from God’s Word that there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. The key is to know and understand which counsel is good and which counsel you need to ignore? The key is to ask the Holy Spirit to guide your heart and your mind so that you are able to discern. I know that God’s Word never returns void and so I turn to it daily for wisdom and direction. Yesterday after my morning reading and study and post, I headed to my weekly breakfast with a friend, all the way the songs on the radio touched my heart and filled me with joy to overflowing. After a great time together, driving to work more songs that touched my heart played continuing to encourage me and let me know how much God loves me and is with me in and through it all. It enabled an incredible day in the midst of questions and situations and discussions. God is so good! He never leaves me and never abandons me. He sees me right where I am and will help me through it. As my friend shared just because we feel like we are in a dark cave, it isn’t that we have to come out to encounter Jesus, Jesus is in there with us and will help us get out. In the midst of the storm, God will allow His peace that surpasses all understanding to guard our hearts and minds. God is able to cause the storm to stop and bring peace. God is able to cause us to find peace in the midst of the storm. The key is to stick with God in and through it all.

It is by grace that I am saved through faith in my Lord Jesus Christ! His mercies are new every morning so that I will never run out.

Today’s reading comes to us from Job 20:

‘Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, “Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me answer, Because of the uneasiness that is within me. I have heard the reproof which insults me, But the spirit of my understanding makes me answer. Do you not know this from the old days, Since the time that man was placed on the earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless is only for a moment? Though his pride reaches the heavens And his head touches the clouds, Yet he perishes forever like his own refuse; Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’ He flies away like a dream and cannot be found; Yes, he is chased away like a vision of the night. The eye which saw him sees him no longer, Neither does his [accustomed] place behold him any longer. His sons favor the poor [and pay his obligations], And his hands give back his [ill-gotten] wealth. His bones are full of youthful strength But it lies down with him in the dust. “Though evil and wickedness are sweet in his mouth And he hides it under his tongue, Though he desires it and will not let it go But holds it in his mouth, Yet his food turns [to poison] in his stomach; It is the venom of vipers within him. He swallows [his ill-gotten] riches, But will vomit them up; God will drive them out of his belly. He sucks the poison of vipers [which ill-gotten wealth contains]; The viper’s tongue slays him. He does not look at the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter [to enjoy his wealth]. He gives back what he has labored for and attained And cannot swallow it [down to enjoy it]; As to the riches of his labor, He cannot even enjoy them. For he has oppressed and neglected the poor; He has violently taken away houses which he did not build. “Because he knew no quietness or calm within him [because of his greed], He does not retain anything he desires. There is nothing left of what he devoured; Therefore his prosperity does not endure. In the fullness of his excess (great abundance) he will be in trouble; The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him [he is miserable on every side]. When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it upon him while he is eating. He may flee from the iron weapon, But the bow of bronze will pierce him through. The arrow is drawn forth and it comes out of his back [after passing through his body]; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors march in upon him; Complete darkness (misfortune) is held in reserve for his treasures. An unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent. The heavens will reveal his wickedness and guilt, And the earth will rise up against him. The produce and increase of his house will depart [with the victors]; His possessions will be dragged away in the day of God’s wrath. This is the wicked man’s portion from God, And the heritage decreed and appointed to him by God.”’

Job 20:1-29

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Today’s reading brings us back to Zophar who gives his second speech to Job and focused on two main ideas:

  1. How the prosperity of the wicked is short lived
  2. How Job is doomed for sure

Zophar speaks to how “the fate of the wicked” is short time of triumphing. He speaks to how sin might seem pleasurable for a time but it won’t last. We know this too as we consider the words of Hebrew 11:25 which says “because he preferred to endure the hardship of the people of God rather than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.”

We see in today’s study notes:

Verses 1-19: Zophar’s second speech focuses on two key ideas: the prosperity of the wicked is short, and his doom is sure.

“Zophar” describes the fate of the wicked in his second speech: they have their “short” times of “triumphing”. There may be “passing pleasures of sin” (Heb. 11:25), but judgement is coming. Job’s spiritual experience did not line up with Zophar’s rigid expectations, so Job was branded a “wicked man”.

Zophar spoiled it all again for Job with his second and last speech (compare 11:1-20), in which he admonished Job again to consider the fate of the wicked.

Verses 4-8: Contrary to Zophar’s confident assertion, sometimes wicked people live long lives. For example, Noah endured the wickedness of his neighbors for 120 years while he preached and built the Ark (Gen. 6:3), and God gave the Canaanites four centuries before He judged them as a nation.

Verses 5-6: “Wicked … hypocrite … triumphing”: The application of Zophar’s words about this wicked, hypocritical, proud person were aimed at Job. He would, like others so wicked, suffer the consequences of his sins (verses 7-29).

Verses 12-19: These verses represent the heart of Zophar’s perceptions about Job’s life and circumstances. Yet his conclusions were wrong because his perceptions were false, Job was not a “wicked man” (20-29). Regardless of what others perceive, the godly can always stand firm in the truth.

In verses 12-22: Evil in a life takes away all the enjoyment, implying that Job had no joy because of sin, such as that (in verse 19).

Verses 20-29: Eloquent oratory is impressive only if it tells the truth. Zophar’s commitment to the retribution principle led him to presumptuous, insulting and false claims. To see things from the perspective of the hurting; and most importantly, from God’s perspective, is the way to truly encourage them.

In verses 23-29: Zophar concluded that more than just losing the enjoyment of life by sin, the wicked fall under the fury of God determined for such wickedness.

Book of Job ExplainedChapter 20

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

Will you attack the problem or the person?

The Story of Job. – Day 20

What is your purpose and your intention for debating or questioning the other person? Is your goal to win or to understand? Is your goal to win or to inform? Is your goal to solve the problem or defeat the person? When faced with a problem, how will you address it? Will you attack the problem or will you attack the person? Will you allow Jesus to be in the center of the relationship and then partner with the other person to address the problem? Will you attack the problem or will you attack the other person?

Do you know what is going on? Do you totally comprehend it? Are you assuming based on your knowledge and just trying to win the debate? Are you finding that your technique isn’t helping you win the argument? Are you realizing that you are now trying to go after the person? Are you a real friend with a real relationship or are you a so-called friend and just trying to indict the other person so that you win?

Today’s reading comes to use from Job 15:

‘Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered [Job] and said, “Should a wise man [such as you] utter such windy and vain knowledge [as we have just heard] And fill himself with the east wind [of withering, parching, and violent accusations]? Should he rebuke and argue with useless talk? Or with words in which there is no benefit? Indeed, you are doing away with fear, And you are diminishing meditation before God. For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose [to speak] the language of the crafty and cunning. Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; Yes, your own lips testify against you. “Were you the first man to be born [the original wise man], Or were you created before the hills? Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And do you limit [the possession of] wisdom to yourself? What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not equally clear to us? Among us are both the gray-haired and the aged, Older than your father. Are the consolations of God [as we have interpreted them to you] too trivial for you, [Or] were we too gentle toward you [in our first speech] to be effective? Why does your heart carry you away [allowing you to be controlled by emotion]? And why do your eyes flash [in anger or contempt], That you should turn your spirit against God And let such words [as you have spoken] go out of your mouth? What is man, that he should be pure and clean, Or he who is born of a woman, that he should be righteous and just? Behold, God puts no trust in His holy ones (angels); Indeed, the heavens are not pure in His sight— How much less [pure and clean is] the one who is repulsive and corrupt, Man, who drinks unrighteousness and injustice like water! “I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare; What wise men have [freely] told, And have not hidden [anything passed on to them] from their fathers, To whom alone the land was given, And no stranger passed among them [corrupting the truth]. The wicked man writhes with pain all his days, And numbered are the years stored up for him, the ruthless one. A [dreadful] sound of terrors is in his ears; While at peace and in a time of prosperity the destroyer comes upon him [the tent of the robber is not at peace]. He does not believe that he will return out of the darkness [for fear of being murdered], And he is destined for the sword [of God’s vengeance]. He wanders about for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’ He knows that the day of darkness and destruction is already at hand. Distress and anxiety terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for battle. Because he has stretched out his hand against God And behaves arrogantly against the Almighty, Running and charging headlong against Him With his ornamented and massive shield; For he has covered his face with his fat, Adding layers of fat to his thighs [giving himself up to pleasures], And he has lived in desolate [God-forsaken] cities, In houses which no one should inhabit, Which were destined to become heaps [of ruins]; He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend to the earth nor his possessions be extended on the earth. He will not escape from darkness [fleeing disaster]; The flame [of God’s wrath] will wither his branch, And by the blast of His mouth he will go away. Let him not trust in vanity (emptiness, futility) and be led astray; For emptiness will be his reward [for such living]. It will be fulfilled while he still lives, And his branch will not be green [but shall wither away]. He will fail to bring his grapes to maturity [leaving them to wither unnourished] on the vine, And will cast off blossoms [and fail to bring forth fruit] like the olive tree. For the company of the godless is barren, And fire consumes the tents of bribery (wrong and injustice). They conceive mischief and bring forth wickedness, And their inmost soul prepares deceit and fraud.”’

Job 15:1-35

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Study Notes:

After Job’s latest speech, it has intensified the rebuttal of his friends. Their confrontation was energized by what Job had to say.

Today’s reading begins with Eliphaz, who was the first friend who tried to comfort him, the first to dispute with him and the oldest of them. The discussion or debate has escalated and become much more heated.

We see more questions being raised during this conversation and learn thru the study how the book of Job has more questions than any other book in the Bible with over 300 questions. The questions revolve around the subject of wisdom and trying to get understanding.

We read how Eliphaz was now telling Job that his words in vain and would have as little effect on God as the wind. He compares Job’s speech to the east wind which in that part of the world was the worst wind.

Eliphaz says Job’s words are worthless, unprofitable and do no good but instead cause hurt. We see how Eliphaz’s opinion of Job has degraded and felt that Job’s sins were so great that God wouldn’t even be listening to him.

Eliphaz goes on to accuse Job with the severity that Job was trying to undermine other people’s devotion to God. Today’s study goes on to say “He forgot that Job had asked God to take away his fear of Him. Job had spoken boldly of his belief that God would save him. Eliphaz believed that Job was not showing reverence toward God. He even believed that Job was hindering other’s prayers to God.

Eliphaz going from trying to argue to now attacking Job when he accuses Job of ““iniquity” and being “crafty” deceitful, whereas in his first speech he seemed to assume Job’s sincerity. Eliphaz believed that Job’s tongue was speaking from a heart filled with iniquity.

Eliphaz even goes on to accuse Job that his own words have condemned him. That there was no need to try and produce any testimony for his own lips had given enough proof of how he was guilty. Today’s study mirrors the accusation with the ones that Jesus received as it says “Now he was saying that the words he was speaking were condemning himself. He believed that Job had been acting in an irreverent way in speaking to God. Job was in very good company being accused of sinning with what he said. They accused Jesus of speaking blasphemy, and therefore worthy of death. How wrong they were, and how wrong Eliphaz was here.“.

Today’s study gives the following additional summary of what was discussed:

Verses 7-13: Eliphaz condemned Job for rejecting the conventional wisdom, as if he had more insight than other men (verses 7-9), and could reject the wisdom of the aged (verse 10), and the kindness of God (verse 11).

Verses 7-10: With God, true knowledge is not necessarily linked to age but to consistent obedience (Psalm 119:99-100). Knowledge and wisdom come from doing what God instructs and discovering that He always knows what is right (Deut. 4:6; 1 Tim. 4:12).

Verses 14-16: A strong statement with regard to the sinfulness of man (Rom. 3:23), that attacked Job’s claim to righteousness. (Verse 15), refers to holy angels who fell and brought impurity into the heavens (Rev. 12:1-4). The truth is accurate, that all men are sinners, but irrelevant in Job’s case, because his suffering was not due to any sin.

Verses 15-20: Retributive justice was not only Eliphaz’s philosophy but that of all three friends. They did not see that while suffering is ultimately the result of original sin not all suffering is the result of a person’s particular sin.

Verses 17-35: Eliphaz once again returned to the same perspective and indicted Job for sin because Job was suffering. To support his relentless point, he launched into a lengthy monologue about the wicked and their outcomes in life, including many parallels to the sufferings of Job. He had pain, and didn’t know when his life would end (verse 20). He suffered from fear, every sound alarmed him, and he thought his destroyer was near (verses 21-22). He worried about having food (verse 23). His suffering made him question God (verses 24-26). Once well-nourished, housed and rich (verses 27-29), he would lose it all (verses 30-33). Eliphaz concluded by calling Job a hypocrite (verses 34-35), saying that this was the reason things were going so badly.

Eliphaz again appeals to his personal experience for authority: “That which I have seen.” He then surveys the judgments that fall on the wicked, thus implying that Job is to be numbered among them.

Bible-Study.org Chapter 15

It was interesting as I looked for an image for today’s post, I found this interesting one and clicked one level further and found an interesting podcast about it. Attack the Problem Not the Person – the question was posed from an Amazon employee where he spoke of their way of Attacking the process not the person which leads into the podcast discussion.

So where are you at today? How will you respond to the offer from God of grace, mercy, and salvation? Are you ready to lean into all that God has for you? Are you ready to persevere and trust and have your faith built up? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

The Story of Job. – Day 12

Ever been accused of wrong you didn’t commit? Ever been accused by someone who doesn’t know the full story? Ever been accused by someone who is judging without understanding? Ever been judged for something that wasn’t even true?

Ever thought you were trying to help by giving advice that was wrong? Ever thought you were trying to help by calling out someone for what is going on? Ever thought you were trying to point someone in the right direction without realizing that they weren’t going in the wrong direction?

How do you know what you should say? How do you know what you should do? How do you know how you should respond? How do you know what you should receive? Will you turn to God? Will you ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance? Will you trust in God or what man has to say? You need to realize you don’t know everything. You need to realize whether you are giving advice or getting advice that neither side may know the reality or the truth of the situation.

Do you realize that even if when you are wrong or you are speaking with the wrong heart, some of the words you speak may be true?

Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Job 8 where we get to hear from Bildad…

‘Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, “How long will you say these things? And will the words of your mouth be a mighty wind? Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness? If your children have sinned against Him, Then He has handed them over to the power of their transgression and punished them. If you would [diligently] seek God And implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty, Then, if you are pure and upright, Surely now He will awaken for you And restore your righteous place. Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will greatly increase. “Inquire, please, of past generations, And consider and apply yourself to the things searched out by their fathers. For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are [like] a shadow [just a breath or a vapor]. Will they (the fathers) not teach you and tell you, And utter words from their hearts [the deepest part of their nature]? “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes or reed grass grow without water? While it is still green (in flower) and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant [when without water]. So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish, For his confidence is fragile and breaks, And his trust is [like] a spider’s web. He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds tightly to it, but it does not endure. He thrives and prospers [like a green plant] before the sun, And his branches spread out over his garden. His [godless] roots are wrapped around a pile of rocks, And he gazes at a house of stones. If he is snatched from his place [in the garden], Then his place will forget him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’ Behold, this is the joy of His way; And from out of the dust others will spring up and grow [to take his place]. Behold, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He strengthen or support evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with joyful shouting [if you are found blameless]. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tents of the wicked will be no longer.”’

Job 8

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We find that Bildad was getting his turn and was certain in his mind that Job was in need of repenting because he believed that Job had sinned. In addition to today’s brutal attack, we will later read two more in chapters 18 and 25.

Bildad starts by telling Job that he was full of hot air, he was speaking out like a mighty wind.

Bildad is so sure of himself that he says that if Job could be exonerated then it means God is unjust, perverting justice and righteousness and therefore Job’s children must have sinned to have received such a judgment from God.

We see in today’s reading how Bildad’s first speech focuses on God’s justice.

Bildad believed that the principle of punishment · penalty · nemesis · fate · doom · one’s just deserts · due reward · just reward · wages · justice · retributive justice · poetic justice · judgment · reckoning · revenge · reprisal · requital · retaliation · payback · vengeance · an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) · tit for tat · measure for measure · redress · reparation · restitution · recompense · repayment · damages · satisfaction · remedy · comeback · atonement · amends · one’s comeuppance · measure was at work in this very situation.

We see how part of what he was saying came to be when in Job 42:12, Job was reconciled in restored when here we see how Bildad spoke of how just God would be by restoring Job but the issue or where he missed the mark was that he thought Job had done something wrong and so needed to

“[diligently] seek God And implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty, Then, if you are pure and upright, Surely now He will awaken for you And restore your righteous place. Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will greatly increase.”

Job 8:5-7

We learn how he even tries to point the past where it was believed that where there was suffering there had to be sin, which we learn through Jesus and the rest of this story isn’t always the case. We learn that sometimes things happen in order to show God’s glory. We learn how just because it is tradition doesn’t mean it is right. We learn how just because that is how it has always been understood or always been done that it doesn’t mean it is right. Today’s devotional puts the advice from the past as follows:

The past is supposed to be a rudder to guide a person, not an anchor to hold him or her down.

Job 8 Study

Bildad was trying to use cause and effect to prove his case and even uses nature as evidence. He used these facts to accuse Job of sin and of having forgotten God.

As friends, we need to try to avoid judging or condemning and instead focus on trying to understand.

It looks like after such a savage attack that Bildad tries to put out an olive branch when he tells Job that there is still hope of restoration.

‘Behold, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He strengthen or support evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with joyful shouting [if you are found blameless]. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tents of the wicked will be no longer.”’

Job 8:20-22

So where do you find yourself today? How will you choose to respond? I know Job used to make me cringe as the idea of what was coming my way. It wasn’t till 2013 when I caught the real meaning of Job 42:12 as it happened on my last day before my new job after having worked for 19 years and 1 day at the previous company. I hold onto God when in the midst of trials and troubles. I trust in God through the storms and waves. I know that in and through it all I can consider it pure joy for it builds my faith, helps me persevere, and in the end will help me to be complete and lacking nothing. Through God’s Word, we learn how pain can have purpose like:

Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/galleries/6-ways-your-pain-has-a-purpose.aspx

So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

The Story of Job. – Day 10

How do you take accusations in the midst of your trials and challenges? How do you handle criticism that is off base and untrue? How do you handle your friends or people you thought were your friends when they start saying things about you that you know are untrue and hurtful?

Today’s reading we get to see Job’s response to Eliphaz’s words:

‘Then Job answered and said, “Oh, that my grief could actually be weighed And placed in the balances together with my tragedy [to see if my grief is the grief of a coward]! For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea; Therefore my words have been incoherent, Because the arrows of the Almighty are within me, My spirit drinks their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me. Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder? Can something that has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg? My soul refuses to touch them; Such things are like loathsome food to me [sickening and repugnant]. “Oh that my request would come to pass, And that God would grant me the thing that I long for! I wish that it would please God to crush me, That He would let loose His hand and cut me off. Then I would still have consolation, And I would jump for joy amid unsparing pain, That I have not denied or hidden the words of the Holy One. What strength do I have left, that I should wait [and hope]? And what is ahead of me, that I should be patient and endure? Is my strength and endurance that of stones, Or is my flesh made of bronze? Is it that I have no help within myself, And that success and wisdom have been driven from me? “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not abandon (turn away from) the fear of the Almighty. My brothers have acted deceitfully like a brook, Like the torrents of brooks that vanish, Which are dull and dirty because of ice, And into which the snow melts and hides itself; When it is warm, they are silent and cease to flow; When it is hot, they vanish from their place. The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish. [Your counsel is as helpful to me as a dry streambed in the heat of summer.] The caravans of Tema looked [for water], The caravans of Sheba waited for them [in vain]. They were put to shame and disappointed because they had trusted [that they would find water]; They came there and were ashamed. Indeed, you have now become like a dried-up stream, You see a terror [believing me to be a victim of the wrath of God] and are afraid [to be compassionate]. Did I ever say, ‘Give me something, ’ Or, ‘Pay a bribe for me from your wealth,’ Or, ‘Rescue me from the adversary’s hand,’ Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’? “Teach me, and I will be silent; And show me how I have erred. How painful are words of honesty. But what does your argument prove? Do you intend to reprove my words [with a convincing argument], When the words of one in despair belong to the wind [and go ignored]? You would cast lots (gamble) over the fatherless And bargain away your friend. Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face [for you know that I would not]. Turn away [from your suspicion], let there be no injustice; Turn away, my righteousness and vindication is still in it. Is there injustice or malice on my tongue? Can my palate not discern what is destructive?’

Job 6

Today’s study notes come from the following 2 studies:

My study notes:

In using the amplified version of the text, we can get a lot of the additional context from the text and so was why I chose the Amplified version for this study.

We read in the start of Job’s words about his grief. We learn looking into that word that it was from the word (כעשׂ ka‛aś) – we also learn that it can be interpreted in two ways: “vexation, trouble, grief; Ecclesiastes 1:18; Ecclesiastes 2:23; or it may mean anger; Deuteronomy 32:19; Ezekiel 20:28.”

It speaks to the level and gravity of what he was going thru and how much he wanted his friends to understand the extent of his sorrow and his suffering before passing judgement on him and trying to condemn him.

We read how he was trying to get a measure by putting them into a scale in order to measure the weight of his sorrows, griefs, and woes. We read how he compares them to the weight of the sand of the sea. We see that the impact of all this pain is making it hard for him to fully express himself.

Job shares how the pain he is suffering is so much greater than anything man could cause. We learn in the studies how the pain was more to his heart, because it had to have been allowed by God, and yet he had loved God so much – with all that he had – and still was having to suffer so severely.

We learn how Job is comparing his plea with the animals as they don’t bray or low for nothing and neither is his complaint without cause. In today’s study we find the reminder that even though we may have cause to complain unlike beasts, wild or domesticated, we as rational beings should display a better spirit.

With Job’s depiction, we learn how he feels that his life has lost its pleasantness as food without salt. He lost his children, taking away his joy. Job speaks to his life to compare to how nauseating he is feeling as well as to answer Eliphaz.

We learn how Job is just wanting God to finish this process that is going on. We learn how his preference was that God would stop the suffering and the misery with death so it would be over with as we learned in chapter 3. Even though Eliphaz spoke to God granting long life, we learn how Job wasn’t wanting that right now without his health and his children to share it with.

Job had taken hold of God’s revelation and his commands and hence pursued them and followed them in his life. He shared what he believed. He realizes the holiness of God. He knows there is a reason for everything that happens. He knew there was purpose behind it, even when it didn’t feel good.

We learn in the studies how “had no strength to bear up against these accumulated trials; that he was afraid that he should be left to sink under them, and to complain of God; and that his friends were not to wonder if his strength gave way, and he uttered the language of complaint.“.

We see how Job was feeling that there was no hope in him to get out of this, he had no more strength to try. We see how any hope of deliverance had left him.

His friends weren’t helping him. He compares their help to a dry riverbed in the hot of the summer.

We don’t find Job admitting to having sinned but instead he asks his friends to teach him, help him understand where he erred, to show him where they think he had sinned for he didn’t know of anything that would have caused his current situation.

So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

The Story of Job. – Day 9

Ever had someone try to blame the temptations in their lives on God? Ever had someone try to blame you for calamities, troubles, or trials that occur in your life as though it was some punishment from God? Ever compared their accusations against the plans and promises of God? How can you judge the feedback you are receiving to know if it is true or it is not? How can you discern the truth in the midst of accusations? How can you discern if there is something that you need to fix or work on? Will you turn to God for wisdom and direction? Will you ask the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide? Will you invite Jesus into your heart in order to help ensure everything gets cleaned up and cleaned out?

Today’s reading from the book of Job comes from Job 5:

‘“Call now—is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones (angels) will you turn? For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple (naive). I have seen the foolish taking root [and outwardly prospering], But I cursed his dwelling immediately [for his destruction was certain]. His children are far from safety [and included in their father’s ruin], They are oppressed and crushed in the [court of justice in the city’s] gate, And there is no one to rescue them . The hungry devour his harvest And take it even [when it grows] among the thorns; The trap opens for [his] wealth. For affliction does not come forth from the dust, Nor does trouble spring forth from the ground. For man is born for trouble, [As naturally] as sparks fly upward. “As for me, I would seek God and inquire of Him, And I would commit my cause to God; Who does great and unsearchable things, Marvelous things without number. He gives rain upon the earth And sends waters upon the fields, So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And He lifts to safety those who mourn. He frustrates the devices and schemes of the crafty, So that their hands cannot attain success or achieve anything of [lasting] worth. He catches the [so-called] wise in their own shrewdness, And the advice of the devious is quickly thwarted. In the daytime they meet in darkness, And at noon they grope as in the night. But God saves [the innocent] from the sword of the mouth of the devious, And the poor from the hand of the mighty. So the helpless have hope, And injustice shuts its mouth. “Behold, how happy and fortunate is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise or reject the discipline of the Almighty [subjecting you to trial and suffering]. For He inflicts pain, but He binds up and gives relief; He wounds, but His hands also heal. He will rescue you from six troubles; Even in seven, evil will not touch you. In famine He will redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword. You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of destruction when it comes. You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of the wild beasts of the earth. For you will be in harmony with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you. You will know also that your tent is secure and at peace, And you will visit your dwelling and fear no loss [nor find anything amiss]. You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth. You will come to your grave in old age, Like the stacking of grain [on the threshing floor] in its season. Behold this; we have investigated it, and it is true. Hear and heed it, and know for yourself [for your own good].”’

Job 5

Today’s study of God’s Word comes to us with help from the following references:

As today’s reading starts we see Job being called out by Eliphaz to enter into an argument or litigation against God. Job is challenged to see if God will even answer such a cry from him and step down from heaven to give an account for His handling or dealings with Job. We learn how Eliphaz was trying to allow the information to be put out there in order to show Job that he was wrong and that nobody would be able to be found to take up Job’s case. Eliphaz tries to use all that happened to Job as proof that he was a great sinner. Eliphaz tries through this to point to Job being weak minded and wouldn’t be able to refute his accusations. Eliphaz tries to relate how the wicked may prosper for a time but eventually they will lose out to what has happened to Job. We read how the accusation was how Job couldn’t benefit from his labor and it was because of his problems. Eliphaz keeps trying to point Job to God and look to Him for answers.

Eliphaz was convinced that ‘trouble” always starts somewhere; it does not just “happen” such as (“trouble spring out of the ground”). By saying that he had seen sinners prosper (“taking root”), only to lose everything in the end, Eliphaz wrongly suggested that Job’s sin led to the death of his children.

Speaking in spiritual platitudes, Job’s friend presumed to know the cause of Job’s suffering. Eliphaz also told him if he would just submit (“despise not”), to the (“chastening of the Almighty”), Job would reap a harvest of blessing. But no one can make such a prediction. Eliphaz modeled how not to address another person’s affliction.

Book of Job – Job 5

So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

He got you here so will you do your part?

Ever gotten the opportunity to be somewhere or get somewhere? Now that He got you there, what are you going to do about it? You know what you need to do, but are you going to do it? Will you handle your part of the task? You know you can! You have the power! You have the backing! Will you ask Him and then go and do what He is calling you to do? What’s holding you back? Why won’t you complete the work that has been set before you? If you won’t then you will have to deal with the consequences of your decision, so don’t complain, just do it!

Today’s reading gets started on this subject…

Inheritance of Ephraim

1The allotment for the children of Joseph went from the Jordan at Jericho to the waters of Jericho on the east to the wilderness, going up from Jericho through the hill country to Bethel. 2From Bethel it went out to Luz, then continued to the border of the Archites at Ataroth. 3Then it went down westward to the territory of the Japhletites, to the territory of Lower Beth-horon, on to Gezer, and ended at the sea. 4So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their portion. 5Now the territory of the children of Ephraim according to their clans was as follows: the border of their inheritance eastward was Atroth-addar, up to Upper Beth-horon. 6Then the border went out westward at Mich-methath on the north, then the border turned eastward to Taanath-shiloh, and passed by it to the east of Janoah. 7Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah, then reached Jericho and came out at the Jordan. 8From Tappuah the border went along westward to the Wadi Kanah and ended at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their clans, 9together with the towns which were set apart for the children of Ephraim in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all these towns with their villages. 10But they did not drive out the Canaanites that were living in Gezer, so the Canaanites continued to live in the midst of Ephraim to this day, and became forced laborers.

–from Joshua 16


Inheritance of Manasseh

1Now this was the allotment for the tribe of Manasseh, the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, since he was a man of war, he got Gilead and Bashan. 2So for the rest of the children of Manasseh according to their clans—for the sons of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher and Shemida—these were the male children of Manasseh son of Joseph according to their clans. 3But Zelophehad, son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons but only daughters—these were the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 4So they appeared before Eleazar the kohen, before Joshua son of Nun and before the leaders saying: “Adonai commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our kinsmen.” Therefore according to the commandment of Adonai he gave them a portion among their father’s kinsmen. 5Thus ten shares fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan that is beyond the Jordan, 6because the daughters of Manasseh received a portion among his sons. Meanwhile the land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh. 7The border of Manasseh ran from Asher to Michmethath, which is facing Shechem. Then the border went along southward to the inhabitants of En-tappuah. 8The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim. 9Next the border went down to the Wadi Kanah, south of the wadi, by towns belonging to Ephraim among Manasseh’s towns. But the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the wadi, and ended at the sea. 10The south side belonged to Ephraim and the north side belonged to Manasseh, and the sea was its border. They reached to Asher on the north and to Issachar on the east. 11Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh possessed Beth-shean and its villages, Ibleam and its villages, the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, the inhabitants of En-dor and its villages, the inhabitants of Taanach and its villages, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages—three regions. 12Yet the children of Manasseh could not take possession of these towns, because the Canaanites were resolved to live in that land. 13But when Bnei-Yisrael became stronger, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly dispossess them. 14Then the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua saying: “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? For we are a numerous people whom Adonai has thus far blessed?” 15So Joshua said to them, “If you have so many people, go you up to the forest and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.” 16“The hill country will not be enough for us,” the children of Joseph replied. “But all the Canaanites who inhabit the valley land have iron chariots—both those who are in Beth-shean and its villages and those who are in the Jezreel Valley.” 17But Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and to Manasseh saying: “You are a numerous people with great strength! You shouldn’t have just one allotment, 18because the hill country should be yours. Though it is a forest, you will clear it, and to its farthest borders it will be yours—for you will drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and even though they are strong.”

–from Joshua 17


Scouting the Land Further

1Then the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael assembled at Shiloh and set up the Tent of Meeting there, after the land was now subdued before them. 2Yet there remained among Bnei-Yisrael seven tribes that still had not received their portions. 3So Joshua said to Bnei-Yisrael, “How long will you be slack about going in to possess the land which Adonai, the God of your fathers, has given you? 4Appoint for yourselves three men from each tribe, and I will send them, and they will arise and walk through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance, and then return to me. 5They are to divide it into seven portions: Judah will remain within its territory in the south, and the house of Joseph will remain within their territory in the north. 6After you have described the seven portions of land, bring the description here to me. Then I will cast lots for you here before Adonai our God. 7But the Levites have no portion among you—for the priesthood of Adonai is their inheritance. Also Gad, Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of Adonai gave them.” 8So the men arose and went, and Joshua charged those who went to write a description of the land, saying: “Go and walk through the land and describe it, then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here before Adonai in Shiloh.” 9So the men went, passing through the land, and described it in a scroll, town by town, in seven parts. Then they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh. 10Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Adonai, and there Joshua apportioned the land to Bnei-Yisrael according to their divisions.

Inheritance of Benjamin

11Now the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up, for their clans. The territory of their allotment lay between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph. 12Now their border on the north side was from the Jordan—the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and it ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven. 13Then the border passed from there to Luz, to the side of Luz (that is, Bethel) southward. Next the border went down to Atroth-addar, near the mountain that lies to the south of Lower Beth-horon. 14On the west side, from the hill facing Beth-horon southward, the border curved, turning about southward, and ended at Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a town of the children of Judah. This was the west side. 15Then the south side was from the outskirts of Kiriath-jearim, then the border went westward, going to the spring of the Waters of Nephtoah. 16Then the border went down to the foot of the mountain by the Valley of Ben-hinnom, which is at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim. Then it went down to the Valley of Hinnom, to the slope of the Jebusite southward, and went down to En-rogel. 17Then it curved north, and went to En-shemesh and ran to Geliloth opposite the Ascent of Adummim, and went down to the Stone of Bohan son of Reuben. 18Next it passed northward to the slope facing the Arabah (of the Jordan Valley), and went down to the Arabah. 19Then the border passed along the side of Beth-hoglah northward, and the border ended at the northern bay of the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan. This was the southern border. 20The Jordan was to be the border on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, and its borders all around according to their clans. 21Now the towns of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their clans were: Jericho, Beth-hoglah, Emek-keziz, 22Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, 23Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, 24Chephar-ammonah, Ophni, and Geba—12 towns with their villages. 25Gibeon, Ramah, Beerot, 26Mizpeh, Chephirah, Mozah, 27Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, 28Zela, Eleph, and Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, and Kiriath—14 towns with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their clans.

–from Joshua 8

So let’s walk out today in alignment with God and His plans for our lives! Let’s follow the example of Jesus in the way we live and treat others! Let’s be humble and serve others giving them respect and treating them as we would want to be treated! Let’s be walking in unity with God and one another! Let’s be united in mind, heart, and soul! Let’s be living and acting out of selflessness! Let’s be humble and obedient to God’s call upon our lives! Let’s not try to pump up ourselves, but rather let’s focus on becoming more like Jesus! Let’s allow the world around us to see it in and through us! Let’s allow our lights to shine in this dark world that other may see it and look to God our Father and glorify Him! Let’s be salt that spices up the world in which we live! Let’s not grumble or argue, but rather let’s have a heart that looks for good and isn’t trying to point blame or accusations! Rather, let’s be encouragers and motivators!

Let’s see what today’s reading has to say in it’s conclusion…

Messiah’s Example of Humility

1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship of the Ruach, if there is any mercy and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, united in spirit, with one purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfishness or conceit, but with humility consider others as more important than yourselves, 4looking out not only for your own interests but also for the interests of others. 5Have this attitude in yourselves, which also was in Messiah Yeshua, 6Who, though existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal to God a thing to be grasped. 7But He emptied Himself— taking on the form of a slave, becoming the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man. 8He humbled Himself— becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue profess that Yeshua the Messiah is Lord— to the glory of God the Father.

Work Out Your Salvation

12Therefore, my loved ones, just as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence—work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13For the One working in you is God—both to will and to work for His good pleasure. 14Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15so that you might be blameless and innocent, children of God in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. Among them you shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast to the word of life, so that I may boast in the day of Messiah that I did not run or labor in vain. 17But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and the service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18The same way, you also—rejoice and share your joy with me!

Sending and Receiving Encouragement

19But I hope in the Lord Yeshua to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too might be encouraged when I know the news about you. 20I have no one else like him who will genuinely care about you— 21for all seek after their own interests, not those of Messiah Yeshua. 22But you know Timothy’s proven character, that he served with me in spreading the Good News like a son with his father. 23Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me. 24And I trust in the Lord that soon I too will come myself. 25But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus—my brother and co-worker and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and aide to my need. 26For he was longing for you all and troubled because you heard that he was sick. 27He certainly was sick, close to death. But God had mercy on him—and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28Therefore I have sent him with special urgency, so that when you see him again you might rejoice and I might be less worried about you. 29So welcome him in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard, 30because he came close to death for the work of Messiah, risking his life to make up for what was lacking in your service to me.

–from Philippians 2


Really? Don’t you realize what is going on?

Do you remember what you are supposed to be doing? Are you pointing fingers in the wrong direction? Are you overreacting because of it? Are others getting the flack because of you? Will you do what you are supposed to do? Will you listen to what you have been asked to do? Will you take responsibility for your own actions?

Will you bless those who God tells you to bless? Will you curse those God tells you to curse? Will you go where God tells you to go? Will you stay if God wants you to stay? Will you stay in alignment or will you deal with the consequences? Don’t try to go it alone! Do it His way!

Will you allow the offer of power and money to direct your steps? Will you listen to God and do what He says? Will you risk the consequences of disobedience? Will you blame others for your own actions? Will you blame others who are looking out for your best interest? Will you respond to them in the wrong way because you are missing out on how they are protecting you?

What if God gave them the words to speak to open your eyes to how they were protection you? What if it were an animal that started to speak, would that get your attention? Would you apologize for the pain and suffering you caused?

Will you get the message and obey? Will you do only what God tells you to do? Will you say only what God gives you to say? Will you allow Him to lead you and guide you with each step?


This morning’s reading begins with such a story…where are you at? and how would you respond today if you had such an encounter?

A Donkey Rebukes Balaam

1Then Bnei-Yisrael set out and camped in the plains of Moab alongside the Jordan across from Jericho. 2When Balak son of Zippor, realized all that Bnei-Yisrael had done to the Amorites, 3Moab became terrified because there were so many people. Moab was filled with dread because of Bnei-Yisrael. 4Moab said to the elders of Midian, “The multitude will lick up everything around us like the ox licks up the grass of the field.” Now Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.

5He sent messengers to summon Balaam son of Beor, at Pethor near the River in his native land, saying to him, “Look now, a people has come out of Egypt. See now, they cover the surface of the earth and are settling beside me. 6Come now, curse this people for me, because they are too strong for me! Perhaps I may be able to defeat them and drive them away from the country. I know that whoever you bless will be blessed and whoever you curse will be accursed!” 7The elders of Moab and Midian left with divination fees in their hand. When they came to Balaam, they told him Balak’s words. 8He said to them, “Spend the night here. I will give you an answer just as Adonai speaks to me.” So the officials of Moab stayed with Balaam. 9God came to Balaam and asked, “Who are these men with you?” 10Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent word to me: 11See, the people coming out of Egypt cover the surface of the land. Come now, curse them for me. Perhaps I will be able to fight against them and drive them away!” 12God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them! Do not curse them, for they are blessed!” 13So Balaam got up in the morning and said to the officials of Balak, “Go back to your country, for Adonai has refused to let me go with you.” 14So the Moabite officials got up, went back to Balak, and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”

15Balak again sent other dignitaries, more numerous and honored than these previous ones. 16They also came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak son of Zippor: Please let nothing keep you from coming to me! 17I will richly reward you, and everything you tell me I will do! Just come now and curse this people for me!” 18But Balaam answered Balak’s servants, “Even if Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot cross beyond the mouth of Adonai my God, to do anything small or great! 19But now, you may spend the night here, too. Then I may find out anything else Adonai may say to me.” 20God came to Balaam by night and said to him, “Since the men came to you to summon you, arise and go with them. However, only the word I tell you are you to do!” 21So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the Moabite princes.

22But the anger of God burned because he was going. The angel of Adonai stood in the road to oppose him—he was riding on his donkey and two of his servants were with him— 23when the donkey saw the angel of Adonai standing in the road with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off the road and went into the field. So Balaam beat the donkey to get her back onto the road. 24Then the angel of Adonai stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. 25When the donkey saw the angel of Adonai, she pressed against the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against the wall. So Balaam continued beating her. 26The angel again moved. He stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, right or left. 27When the donkey saw the angel of Adonai, she lay down under Balaam. Balaam was very angry and beat the donkey with his staff. 28Then Adonai opened the donkey’s mouth and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?” 29Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you’ve made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you now!” 30The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey which you have ridden as always to this day? Have I ever been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. 31Then Adonai opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of Adonai standing in the road with his drawn sword in his hand. So he fell on his face. 32The angel of Adonai said to him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Behold, I came as an adversary because your way before Me is a reckless one! 33The donkey saw Me and turned away from Me these three times. If she had not turned away from Me, by now I would have killed you indeed, but let her live!” 34Balaam said to the angel of Adonai, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now, if this is displeasing in your eyes, I will go back home.” 35The angel of Adonai said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only the word that I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s princes.

36When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to greet him at the Moabite city on the border of the Arnon, the frontier of the territory. 37Balak said to Balaam, “Didn’t I send you an urgent summons? Why didn’t you come to me? Am I really unable to reward you?” 38“Look, I have come to you now!” Balaam said to Balak. “Can I just say anything? I must speak only the message which God puts into my mouth.” 39Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath-huzoth. 40Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep and sent some to Balaam and the princes who were with him. 41In the morning, Balak took Balaam with him to Bamoth-baal, and from there he saw part of the people.

–from Numbers 22

You do want to go to heaven right? You do want to spend eternity with God right? You don’t want to end up apart from God forever right? You don’t want to deal with the pain and suffering of living all of the rest of eternity apart from God right? So will you receive God? Will you ask Jesus to come into your heart and to forgive you and your past? Will you choose to live eternity with Him? Will you accept the blessings that today’s reading speaks to through Psalms?

Pilgrim Road to Adonai’s Courts

1For the music director, upon the Gittite lyre, a psalm of the sons of Korah. 2How lovely are Your tabernacles, Adonai-Tzva’ot! 3My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of Adonai. My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 4Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young —near Your altars, Adonai-Tzva’ot— my King and my God! 5Blessed are they who dwell in Your House —they are ever praising You. Selah 6Blessed is one whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the pilgrim roads. 7Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring. The early rain covers it with blessings. 8They go from strength to strength— every one of them appears before God in Zion. 9Adonai-Tzva’ot, hear my prayer, give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah 10O God, look at our shield, and look upon the face of Your anointed. 11For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather stand at the threshold of the House of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 12For Adonai Elohim is a sun and a shield. Adonai gives grace and glory. No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 13Adonai-Tzva’ot, blessed is the one who trusts in You.

–from Psalms 84

Will you follow a good example? Will you lead by example? Will you be an imitator of Him? Will you help others to see the truth? Will you help other to be good? Will you help others to know the difference between good and bad, good and evil? Will you help others to have an example to pattern their lives after? Will you teach the importance of unity? Will you draw them together in alignment to God’s will? Will you help them prevent division within the group?

1Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Messiah.

Headship and Coverings

2Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firm the traditions just as I passed them on to you. 3But I want you to know that the head of every man is Messiah, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Messiah is God. 4Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered dishonors his head. 5But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered dishonors her head. For it is one and the same as having been shaved. 6For if a woman does not cover her head, let her cut off her hair. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, let her cover her head. 7For surely a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of man. 8For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9Neither was man created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. 10For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11In any case—in the Lord—woman is not independent of man and man is not independent of woman. 12For just as the woman came from the man, so also the man comes through the woman—but all things are from God. 13Judge for yourselves—is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14Doesn’t the natural order of things teach you—if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him; 15but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory, for her hair was given to her as a covering. 16But if anyone intends to be contentious, we have no such custom—nor do God’s communities.

Unity at the Lord’s Table

17But in giving you this instruction I do not praise you, for when you meet together it does more harm than good. 18For first of all, when you come together as Messiah’s community, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it— 19for there must be factions among you, so that those among you who are tried and true may be evident. 20Therefore, when you meet together in the same place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper— 21for each one takes his own supper beforehand, and one goes hungry while another gets drunk. 22What! It is certainly not that you do not have houses, is it? Don’t you have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise God’s community and try to humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? I don’t praise you for this! 23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you—that the Lord Yeshua, on the night He was betrayed, took matzah ; 24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you. Do this in memory of Me.” 25In the same way, He also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in memory of Me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28But a man must examine himself, and then let him eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29For the one who eats and drinks without recognizing the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and quite a few have died. 31For if we were judging ourselves thoroughly, we wouldn’t be coming under judgment. 32But when we are judged, we are being disciplined by the Lord so that we might not be condemned along with the world. 33So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. 34If anyone is hungry let him eat at home, so that when you meet it doesn’t lead to judgment. And the rest I will put in order when I come.

–from 1 Corinthians 11

When in alignment there is power! When in unity there is power! When in obedience there is power! So are you living in alignment, unity, and obedience to all God is calling you to?

Power Over Demons

1They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. 2As soon as Yeshua got out of the boat, a man from the graveyard with an unclean spirit met Him. 3He lived among the tombs, and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain. 4For he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been ripped apart by him and the shackles broken. No one was strong enough to tame him. 5And through it all, night and day, at the graveyard and in the mountains, he kept screaming and gashing himself with stones. 6When he saw Yeshua from a distance, he ran and bowed down before Him. 7Crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What’s between You and me, Yeshua, Ben El Elyon? I’m warning you, in the name of God, do not torment me!” 8For Yeshua had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9Then Yeshua began questioning him, “What is your name?” And he answered, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10He kept begging Him not to send them out of the country. 11Now a large herd of pigs was feeding on the hillside nearby. 12The unclean spirits urged Him, saying, “Send us to the pigs, so we may enter them.” 13So Yeshua gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs. And the herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the cliff and were drowned in the sea. 14The herdsmen ran away and told the town and countryside, and they came to see what had happened. 15Now they came to Yeshua and saw the madman who had had the legion. He was sitting there, dressed in clothes and in his right mind. The people were scared. 16Those who had seen it described in detail what had happened to the man plagued by a demon, and they also told about the pigs. 17And they began to beg Yeshua to leave their country. 18As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been infested with demons kept begging to remain with Him. 19Yeshua did not let him, but He told him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much Adonai has done for you, how He showed you mercy.” 20So he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Yeshua had done for him. And all were amazed.

Power in His Touch

21When Yeshua had crossed over in the boat again to the other side, a big crowd gathered around Him; and He was by the sea. 22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, comes. Seeing Him, he falls at His feet. 23He begs Him a great deal, saying, “My little daughter is near death! Come and lay hands on her so that she may be healed and live!” 24So Yeshua went off with him, and a big crowd was following Him and pressing upon Him. 25And there was a woman with a blood flow for twelve years, 26who had suffered much under many doctors. She had spent all that she had without benefit; instead, she grew worse. 27When she heard about Yeshua, she came through the crowd from behind and touched His garment. 28For she kept saying, “If I touch even His clothes, I shall be healed.” 29Right away the blood flow stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed from her disease. 30At once Yeshua, knowing in Himself that power had gone out from Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” 31His disciples responded, “You see the crowd pressing upon You and you say, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32But He kept looking around to see who had done this. 33But the woman, scared and shaking, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in shalom and be healed from your disease.” 35While Yeshua was still speaking, messengers come from the house of the synagogue leader, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why do you still trouble the Teacher?” 36But ignoring what they said, Yeshua tells the synagogue leader, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37He did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, Jacob, and John, the brother of Jacob. 38They come to the house of the synagogue leader. He sees a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39After entering, He said to them, “Why make such a fuss and weep? The child didn’t die, but is sleeping.” 40They start jeering at Him. But after sending all of them out, He takes the child’s father and mother, and those with Him, and enters where the child was. 41Then, taking hold of the child’s hand, He tells her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up.” 42Immediately, the girl stood up and began to walk around! (She was twelve years old.) And they were overcome with astonishment. 43But He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said something to eat should be given to her.

–from Mark 5

Do you realize that what is happening isn’t always a symptom?

Ever heard people make comments like “I don’t know what they did, but it must have been bad for that to have happened to them”? Ever found people speaking blame based on what is going on without actually knowing what is going on? Consider the story of the man born blind and the question that was asked – “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jesus’ response speaks to the fact/the truth that we can’t and shouldn’t jump to conclusions based on the situation, the circumstance, or the symptoms that are being shown when He says “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so that the works of God might be brought to light in him. ”

In today’s reading we see Job being accused again and Job’s rebuttable in Job 15 and 16. Yes, it is true we are in a fallen world and yes all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But we aren’t to be judging but rather we are to be loving and pointing people towards our Father in Heaven!

Rather than judge, let’s ask God for wisdom, discernment and how He would have us work in this situation. While we are here, there is something God has things for us to do. We see how Jesus spits in some dirt and then puts the mud on the man’s eyes and sends him away with specific instructions – “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam” and he did and came back seeing…a life transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Because Jesus saw beyond the man’s circumstances and met him right where he was at and then touched him to miraculous results – a life transformed.

As I read Job’s closing statement, it reminds me and speaks to me about the advocate I have in Heaven, Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for me. Job puts it this way…

19Even now my witness is in heaven, my advocate is on high.
20My intercessor is my friend; as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21he contends with God on behalf of man as one pleads for a friend.
–from Job 16

So where are you at today? Are you in Job’s situation? Are you in the situation of one of his friends? What will you do about it? Will you keep your plea to Jesus for help? Will you not judge based on the situation, circumstance, or symptom, but rather show compassion like Jesus did?

Today’s reading continues into Luke 13. It shows how we need to turn back to God. There isn’t a scale of sinners from worst to best. Have you sinned? Yes or No? Do you know what the penalty of sin is? The penalty of sin is death! But that doesn’t have to be our final destination for Jesus came that we would have life and life to the full, so we need to turn back to God and ask Jesus into our hearts for the same scripture about the penalty also tells us “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” You may have heard the word we must “repent” – we must turn from our ways and turn back to God. Will you be good for something or will you be cast away? Will you bear good fruit or will you be cut down? Will you start to till the soil of your heart and add some Jesus fertilizer so that you will and can bear good fruit?

As a leader, will you lead by example? What example are people seeing as they watch you? Will your actions make a difference and cause people to turn to God praising Him because of what you have done? Is it against the law to do what is good, what is right, what is just? Don’t be a hypocrite!

Luke continues with the story of the mustard seed. It’s so small as a seed, but when it grows up it is a place of shade and rest for birds. So if we can or could just have the faith the size of a mustard seed, imagine what God can and will do in and through us. We see another example with flour and the impact of a little bit of yeast and how it can impact the entire quantity of flour. Even a little bit of sin can cause us and others to be impacted.

So do you want to be saved? Will you ask Jesus into your life? Will you open the door to your heart and ask Jesus in? He’s knocking! Will you answer the door? Will you live a life in relationship with Jesus? Or will you be someone who knows about Jesus? It makes a difference!

Jesus concludes here speaking to the Pharisees, speaking to what will happen to Him and that it must take place in Jerusalem. Where He will be tried and killed and how He will be back on the third day.

Today’s reading closes in Revelation 8. And it got quiet, too quiet. And then it began…incense offered up and prayers raised up to God. And then the noise began. The trumpets blew. The first trumpet triggered hail and fire mixed with blood thrown upon the earth and 1/3 burned up. The second trumpet triggered something like a huge mountain ablaze with fire was thrown into the sea and 1/3 of the ships were destroyed. The third trumpet triggered a great star to fall from heaven like a burning torch and it fell on the rivers and the springs and 1/3 of the waters became wormwood (bitter). The fourth trumpet triggered a 1/3 of the sun and 1/3 of the moon and 1/3 of the stars to stop shinning, darkening the sky both day and night. It closes with an angel sounding a warning to those who were still upon the earth as the remaining trumpets were about to go.

Deal with the person first … build a relationship …

We need to handle the heart of the matter! We need to build up a relationship! We need to face the situation with heart, love, grace and mercy! We need to be like Jesus who reached out to people in need, people in pain, and people who others were trying to judge and reject! We need to be people who are loving others! We need to be the outreaching, embracing, and training type of people God has called us to be as the church!

Start with the person through relationship building
so that
you are able to speak life into their life

This morning’s reading starts this topic with a very real example. How do you handle a situation when people bring such a situation into your life? Will you confront the accusers? Will you confront the accusations? Will you speak the hope of Jesus of forgiveness? Will you speak the truth of God’s Word to point people to Jesus and to living a transformed life?

The Woman Caught in Adultery

1Then everyone went home, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early the next morning he went back to the Temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 4“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?” 6They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger. 7As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, “Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.” 8Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. 10He straightened up and said to her, “Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?”
11“No one, sir,” she answered. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again.”

–from John 8

We have all sinned! We have all fallen short of the glory of God! We all need forgiveness! We all missed the mark! Sin is sin! There isn’t smaller vs. larger sin! There isn’t that sin is so much worse than my sin! We all need forgiveness for having missed the mark! So don’t judge someone else because of what they have done, but rather love them so that they may receive the grace of God! And help those who are trying to judge to see the reality of the situation. Imagine being part of those who tried to bring the woman to justice and ended up seeing Jesus writing your sins in the dirt, maybe not your name next to it, but revealing sins that you alone would know you are guilty of! Let’s be ambassadors of love! Let’s be ambassadors of hope! Let’s be ambassadors of truth! Let’s be ambassadors of forgiveness! So that we can build up relationships and help others to come into the relationship that everyone needs with Jesus! So let’s be real! Let’s be true! And not be false teachers!

Today’s reading continues with…

False Teachers

1False prophets appeared in the past among the people, and in the same way false teachers will appear among you. They will bring in destructive, untrue doctrines, and will deny the Master who redeemed them, and so they will bring upon themselves sudden destruction. 2Even so, many will follow their immoral ways; and because of what they do, others will speak evil of the Way of truth. 3In their greed these false teachers will make a profit out of telling you made-up stories. For a long time now their Judge has been ready, and their Destroyer has been wide awake!

4God did not spare the angels who sinned, but threw them into hell, where they are kept chained in darkness, waiting for the Day of Judgment. 5God did not spare the ancient world, but brought the flood on the world of godless people; the only ones he saved were Noah, who preached righteousness, and seven other people. 6God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying them with fire, and made them an example of what will happen to the godless. 7He rescued Lot, a good man, who was distressed by the immoral conduct of lawless people. 8That good man lived among them, and day after day he suffered agony as he saw and heard their evil actions. 9And so the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials and how to keep the wicked under punishment for the Day of Judgment, 10especially those who follow their filthy bodily lusts and despise God’s authority.

–from 2 Peter 2

Let’s draw closer to God and build up our relationship with Him through the bond and sacrifice of Jesus who made a way when there wasn’t a way! Let’s allow Jesus’ covering to empower and embolden us to draw closer to God and walk in alignment with God’s will for our lives! Let’s be His people and let Him be our God! Let’s build up our relationship with God and allow His plan to be our plan and His will to be our will! Let’s not be distracted by what others say, but let’s be focus to do what God says! Let’s not forget that God created us on purpose with a purpose and for a purpose! God’s plan for us is for God! God’s plan is for us to have a hope and a future!

Job’s Complaint to God

1Finally Job broke the silence and cursed the day on which he had been born.


2-3O God, put a curse on the day I was born; put a curse on the night when I was conceived! 4Turn that day into darkness, God. Never again remember that day; never again let light shine on it. 5Make it a day of gloom and thick darkness; cover it with clouds, and blot out the sun. 6Blot that night out of the year, and never let it be counted again; 7make it a barren, joyless night. 8Tell the sorcerers to curse that day, those who know how to control Leviathan. 9Keep the morning star from shining; give that night no hope of dawn. 10Curse that night for letting me be born, for exposing me to trouble and grief. 11I wish I had died in my mother’s womb or died the moment I was born. 12Why did my mother hold me on her knees? Why did she feed me at her breast? 13If I had died then, I would be at rest now, 14sleeping like the kings and rulers who rebuilt ancient palaces. 15Then I would be sleeping like princes who filled their houses with gold and silver, 16or sleeping like a stillborn child. 17In the grave wicked people stop their evil, and tired workers find rest at last. 18Even prisoners enjoy peace, free from shouts and harsh commands. 19Everyone is there, the famous and the unknown, and slaves at last are free. 20Why let people go on living in misery? Why give light to those in grief 21They wait for death, but it never comes; they prefer a grave to any treasure. 22They are not happy till they are dead and buried; 23God keeps their future hidden and hems them in on every side. 24Instead of eating, I mourn, and I can never stop groaning. 25Everything I fear and dread comes true. 26I have no peace, no rest, and my troubles never end.

–from Job 3