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1/23/2018 Genesis Chapters 32-34

How often do we make plans for “the worst” only to find out that we are truly blessed if we remain within God’s will?  This thought came to my mind as I read Genesis Chapter 32 & 33 as Jacob prepared for and met his brother Esau. I can only envision the effort that it

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1/22/18 Genesis Chapters 30-31

As we read these passages we see an example of one of our greatest challenges — envy.  In Chapter 30 we see that Rachel envied her sister Leah for the children she bore to Jacob while Rachel had none.   And, instead of loving her sister’s children we see Rachel take drastic actions to try to

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1/21/2018 Genesis Chapters 27-29

I think we are all familiar with “Jacob’s Ladder” from the old Negro spiritual we often sang as children.   But do we reflect on when Jacob’s ladder appeared? Reading back in Chapter 27:42-43 we see that Jacob was on his journey not to “sight-see” but to escape from the murderous plot of his brother, Esau. 

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1/20/2018 Genesis Chapters 25-26

As we read these passages do you see a “lesson learned” by Isaac from his father, Abraham? (& not necessarily a good lesson.) Yes, in Chapter 26:7-9 we see Isaac tell Abimelek, king of the Philistines, that Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, is his sister.  This is just like what Abram did twice with Sara.  And, yet

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1/19/2018 Genesis Chapters 22-24

What a full range of emotions these chapters deliver.  Abraham’s devastation and then elation at the planned sacrifice of and subsequent salvation of Isaac; Abraham’s sorrow at the death of Sarah (Chapter 23:2😉 the love of Isaac for Rebekah & the comfort Rebekah brings Isaac after the death of Sarah (Chapter 24:67). And among all

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1/18/2018 Chapters Genesis 19-21

Wow — in these passages so much to consider — the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abimilek & Sarah, the birth of Isaac.  Once again I would like to focus on an event that eventually caused the entire nation of Israel to suffer. In Genesis 19:33-38 we see Lot’s daughters sinister plot that resulted in

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1/17/2018 Genesis Chapter 16-18

It is certainly proper to focus on Abram and his covenant with God as the father of the Israelites.  However, as I read this time I was taken also be the prophecy regarding Ishmael.  First – note that the Lord did not establish a covenant but offered a prophecy and made a promise.  In Genesis

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1/16/2018 Genesis Chapters 12-15

So, our chronological reading shifts from the events of Job back to the patriarchs.  All scripture is inspired and important for study.  But I do enjoy reading the more “historical-event” books as they read like a non-fiction novel. As we go through the events of the Patriarchs there will be many verses we can comment

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1/15/2018 Job Chapters 40-42

If you are like me and feel a bit like you have had to “plug” through the first 37 chapters the final five  (38-42) are certainly worth the effort!  And what an encouragement these final chapters are. In Job 40:4-5 I think Job is feeling “Wow, I am glad this questioning is over.”  But then

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1/14/2018 Job 38-39

All I can ever do when I read these verses is to just be filled with awe at the power and magnificence of the Lord.  Every verse is wonderfully crafted and inspirational.  I can envision Job just standing with his mouth open in silence and listening.  Of all of these verses one verse intrigues me

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1/13/2018 Job Chapters 35-37

In these chapters I find a foreshadowing of the Lords message spoken directly to Job that we will read in Chapters 38-41.  Elihu certainly recognizes & describes the omnipotence and power of God. He also offers us an important lesson in just a few verses when in verses 35:9-11 he states: 9 “People cry out under

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1/12/2018 Job Chapter 32-34

Well, in Chapter 32 we see the entry of the “young whipper-snapper” on the scene, Elihu.  Like Jpb’s other friends his “theology” is wrong in saying that Job is being punished for being sinful. But he does state soundly a warning that I think I need to hear in Chapter 32:9 “It is not only

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1/11/2018 Job Chapters 29-31

In these three chapters I see three major themes.  In Job 29 he longs for the “good ol’ days.”   In Job 30 he states the condition he is in now.  In Job 31 he reflects on examples of the righteous life he has lead. My application — we cannot expect to live in the past

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1/10/2018 Job Chapters 24-28

I find these chapters an interesting continuation of the debate & discussion between Job and his friends. Interestingly, in Chapter 25 Bidad refers to the feebleness of mankind.  Then throughout Chapters 26-28 Job maintains his faith and refers to the awesome power of God.  In Chapter 28 Job ends with a discussion of “wisdom” and

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1/9/2018 Job Chapters 21-23

To me these passages contain a very subdued recognition by Job on God’s power and grace.  In Job 23:21 he writes: 8 “But if I go to the east, he is not there;     if I go to the west, I do not find him. 9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see

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1/8/2018 Job Chapters 17-20

Well, when reading these passages my emotions go from total emptiness to joy — maybe a little like Job’s were doing & that we face in our own lives.    In Job 19:17-20 I feel the emptiness: 17 My breath is offensive to my wife;     I am loathsome to my own family. 18 Even the little boys scorn

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1/7/2018 Job Chapters 14-16

Wow, without knowing the full plan of God in some of these verses Job’s words can depress me, particularly Chapter 14:10-12: 10 But a man dies and is laid low;     he breathes his last and is no more. 11 As the water of a lake dries up     or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, 12 so he lies

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1/6/2018 Job Chapters 10-13

As we read these passages we see Job’s third friend Zophar make the strongest statements that Job needs to confess his sins and be forgiven.  But as opposed to this “bad” advice in vv, 7-9 we also hear Zophar praise God with language similar to what we will hear later in Job.  These words are

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1/5/2018 Job Chapters 6-9

In Chapter 6 we see Job’s second friend, Bildad, repeat more forcefully the same charges against Job as Eliphaz did on Chapter 4.  The verses that caught my eye in today’s reading are in Chapter 9 and I wonder if they are a foreshadowing of the coming of the Lord. In Chapter 9:1 we see

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1/4/2018 Job Chapters 1-5

So, if you are like me you are asking — why are we going from Noah’s life in Genesis all the way to Job?  They are separated by at least 15 other books and what about Abraham and his family?  Well, one of the realities of reading scripture chronologically is that this is just the

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