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May 20 - Morning

(Job's words continue...)
“ ‘I made a covenant with my eyes
    not to look lustfully at a young woman.
For what is our lot from God above,
    our heritage from the Almighty on high?
Is it not ruin for the wicked,
    disaster for those who do wrong?
Does he not see my ways
    and count my every step?


If I have walked with falsehood
    or my foot has hurried after deceit

—let God weigh me in honest scales
    and he will know that I am blameless—

if my steps have turned from the path,
    if my heart has been led by my eyes,
    or if my hands have been defiled,
then may others eat what I have sown,
    and may my crops be uprooted.
If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
    or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,
then may my wife grind another man’s grain,
    and may other men sleep with her.
For that would have been wicked,
    a sin to be judged.
…If I have denied justice to any of my servants,
    …If I have denied the desires of the poor
    or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
if I have kept my bread to myself,
    not sharing it with the fatherless—
…if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,
    or the needy without garments,
….if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
    knowing that I had influence in court,
then let my arm fall from the shoulder,
    let it be broken off at the joint.
For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear
of his splendor I could not do such things.
…if my land cries out against me
    and all its furrows are wet with tears,
if I have devoured its yield without payment

    or broken the spirit of its tenants,
then let briers come up instead of wheat
    and stinkweed instead of barley.’

The words of Job are ended.”

- Job 31:1-40

Job Claims His Innocence and Lists Sins and Their Just Consequences


Job takes an oath and claims innocence in chapter 31. Job rehearses a list of sins that are worthy of the kind of disaster he has faced, but he also swears he has never committed sins like these.

First, to keep his heart pure, Job has controlled his eyes. In fact, he made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully at women. By doing this Job kept lustful ideas out of his heart, and since there were no lustful ideas in his heart, there were no lustful deeds committed.

Using the sin of lust as an example Job agrees God would be just in sending punishment if Job had allowed his eyes to bring lust into his heart. God gives us the lot our behavior deserves, right? Ruin is for the wicked; disaster for those who do wrong. So, has God not seen Job’s ways and counted his every step? What was God looking at in Job’s life to cause him to send to Job the inheritance belonging to the wicked?

Job reviews a list of sins and claims he is innocent of these sins. He also asks God to weigh him “in honest scales” to know that he is blameless. These deeds are “wicked, a sin to be judged” according to Job:

• Falsehood
• Deceit
• Led by eyes
• Enticed by a woman
• Lurked at neighbor’s door for his wife
• Denied justice to others
• Denied the poor
• Fed myself, not the fatherless
• Did not cloth the needy
• Legally oppressed the fatherless
• Abused the land
• Did not pay workers

These are some just judgments for the above sins according to Job:

• Others eat Job’s crops
• Job’s wife grind other men's grain
• Job’s wife sleep with other men
• Job's arm fall off at the shoulder
• Break Job's arm off at the joint
• Briers and weeds grow in place of crops

Job says he could not have acted so wickedly simply because he feared God and dreaded the potential disaster God would bring on this kind of wickedness:

“For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.”
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'anaw (Hb) - Humble  (Eng) - means "humble", "poor", and "meek." 'Anaw is used to describe the condition of the poor man, but also is used to describe Moses' attitude in order to state that Moses was "humble." Moses' character ws meek and in spite of is power, authority and fame Moses was 'anaw, or a "humble" man. Before the Lord Moses was poor and completely dependent on the Lord.
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Does the understanding of God’s splendor and the fear of his judgment of sin motivate you to live right? Do you control your eyes, your thoughts, your actions so you do not squander your temporal potential and your eternal inheritance?



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Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

Complete Text

General Text




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Personal

Listen to someone in need

Church

Long for Christ's return
Separation of Church and State
Ethiopia



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View of the south side of the Temple Mount from the City of David looking over the Ophel.
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Chart of Jesus' Genealogy




Someone to Quote

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“Men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them.” - E. Paul Hovey

Something to Ponder

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February 8, 1693: The College of William and Mary is founded in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally intended to educate Anglican clergymen, it is America's second-oldest higher education institution (Harvard is the oldest).

Here’s a Fact

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The Ipuwer Papyrus (Papyrus Leiden 344) is an ancient Egyptian document copied in the 1200’s BC that records events from before 1400 BC. This document was sold to a museum in Holland in 1828 AD and fully translated in 1909 (and, again in 2009.) It was written by Ipuwer, a Egyptian official and wise sage, as a lamentation of the disasters and upheavals in Egypt.  A comparison of Ipuwer’s descriptions parallels the biblical account of the Exodus. Here is a comparison:

Exodus 7:20-24 Ipuwer – “Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere. “(2:5-6) “The river is blood. Men shrink from tasting  the water… and, thirst after water.” (2:10)

Exodus 9:23-25...9:31-32... 10:15 Ipuwer – “Gates, columns and walls are consumed by fire.” (2:10) Lower Egypt weeps…The entire palace is without its revenues. To it belong by right wheat and barley, geese and fish.” (10:3-6) “Hail struck down every plant of the field and stripped every tree.” (9:25) “Grain has perished on every side.” (6:3) “Grain has perished which was yesterday seen. The land is left over to its weariness like the cutting of flax.” (5:12)

Exodus  9:3... 9:19 and 9:21 Ipuwer – “All animals, their hearts weep. Cattle moan…” (5:5) “Behold, cattle are left to stray, and there is none to gather them together.”

Exodus 10:22 Ipuwer – “The land is without light.” (or, “The day does not dawn.”) (9:11) “There is terror because of darkness (10:1)

Exodus  12:29-30 Ipuwer –  “The children of princes are dashed against the walls. The chosen (possibly a reference to the “firstborn.”) children are laid out dead (4:3-4; 5:6-7) “The children of princes are cast out in the streets.” (6:12) “The prison is ruined.” (6:3) “He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere.” (2:13) “It is groaning throughout the land, mingled with lamentations.” (3:14)

Exodus  13:21 (9:22-26) Ipuwer – “Behold, the fire has mounted up on high. Its burning goes forth against the enemies of the land.” (7:1)

Exodus 12:35-36 Ipuwer “Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze…are fastened on the neck of female slaves.” (3:2)

Exodus 9:25 Ipuwer – “Trees are destroyed and branches stripped off…There is no food.” (4:14-5:12)

Exodus 12-17
Ipuwer “Poor people (slaves) flee into the desert like nomads who live in tents (9:14-10:2)

Details 1, 2, 3

Proverb

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"The righteous lead blameless lives;
    blessed are their children after them."

- Proverbs 20:7

Coach’s Corner

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Listen and be alert to what people are saying. First, paying attention is polite and the courteous thing to do. Second, you will eventually hear their evaluation of your program and insight into your trade.

Ruth 2
New International Version (NIV)
Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field
Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.
And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”
So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.
Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!”
“The Lord bless you!” they answered.
Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”
The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
13 “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”
14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.”
When she sat down with the harvesters, he offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over.
15 As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. 16 Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”
17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah. 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.
19 Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!”
Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.
20 “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
21 Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’”
22 Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.”
23 So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
Jonah 3
New International Version (NIV)
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:
“By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.
But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Psalm 5
King James Version (KJV)
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
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Psalm 38
King James Version (KJV)
38 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
12 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
13 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

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