Job 31:1-23: Suffer and Bleed for Us

John 16:12-24, Revelation 5, Job 31:1-23, Amos 1-2 Job 31:1-23: Job is now coming towards the end of his final defense. In this first section of this ending part of his final defense, the section we are looking at today, Job lists the things that he has not done. He is describing how he has…

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Job 30: Where is God in My Pain!

John 16:1-11, Revelation 4, Job 30, Joel 2-3 Job 30: This is perhaps, in some ways, the most depressing chapter in the whole book. And that is saying something! Job is now continuing his complaints. He is mounting his defense against those who have attacked him in the midst of his suffering. As if his…

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Job 29: A Righteous Suffering Servant  

John 15:18-27, Revelation 3:14-22, Job 29, Joel 1 Job 29: Job now is moving towards the final part of his defense. As we remember, Job has suffered extreme suffering. The pain of physical ailments, but also the deep horrendous pain of the sudden loss of his children. His finances are ruined, his family is destroyed,…

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Job 28: Wisdom Needed

John 15:9-17, Revelation 3:1-13, Job 28, Hosea 13-14 Job 28:  This chapter is something of a break in the proceedings. Having been defending himself at length against the attacks of his “friends,” Job now takes the time to ask a question of a more principled nature which the occasion of his defense naturally brings to…

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Job 27: Obeying the Fearsome God

John 15:1-8, Revelation 2:18-29, Job 27, Hosea 9-12 Job 27: Job now concludes his words to the beginning group of his comforters. And he concludes with a note of defiance:   “I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my innocence and never let go…

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Job 25-26: Worship and Suffering

John 14:22-31, Revelation 2:1-17, Job 25-26, Hosea 7-8 Job 25-26: In the two chapters we are looking at this morning, we first read (in chapter 25) of Bildad’s attempted correction of Job, and then (in chapter 26) of Job’s reply to Bildad. Bildad (chapter 25) basically says that because no one is righteous before God,…

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Job 24: Do Not Follow the Path of the Wicked

John 14:15-21, Revelation 1:9-20, Job 24, Hosea 4-6 Job 24: As Job continues his “bitter complaint” (23:1), in this chapter he makes two basic movements. In the first half of the chapter, he asks a question and then exposits on his answer to it. “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment?” (24:1). Having…

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Job 23: Even in the Midst of a Storm

John 14:1-14, Revelation 1:1-8, Job 23, Hosea 1-3 Job 23: Once more, we are back to Job and his replies to the testing so-called “comforters” that surround him. When you listen to their words, you can all-too-often hear the fake piety of some cultural Christianity. They speak as if the answer was always simple, as…

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November 26-30, 2022

In keeping with the Bible reading plan we are using, the last days of each month are designated as “free days.” November 26-30 then are intended to allow you to catch up on reading you may have missed or to study passages more in depth that intrigued you during the first 25 days of the month.…

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Job 22: Suffered for Us

Daniel 10-12, Job 22, John 13:31-38, Jude 17-25 Job 22: Eliphaz comes back to Job with a more blatant attempt to accuse of Job of wrongdoing. So far Job has consistently rebutted the charges that the reason why he is suffering is that he has done wrong. So Eliphaz ramps up the pressure by specifying what—he imagines—are…

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