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May 21 - Morning

"Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

‘Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me!

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.

Who marked off its dimensions?
Surely you know!  

Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,

    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?
Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said,
"This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt"?

Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it?…
Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
...Tell me, if you know all this.…
Surely you know, for you were already born!
    You have lived so many years!' "

- Job 38:1-21

The Lord Answers Job


Chapter 38 of Job begins with a theophany (an appearance of the Lord in the physical world). Elihu had just described the presence and glory of God metaphorically as a storm in chapter 37. Now in chapter 38 God’s glory actually appears to speak with Job and answer his charges. It is here in chapter 38 where God is referred to as Yahweh (translated as “LORD” in the NIV) for the first time since the opening chapters of the book of Job.

Yahweh’s theophany creates havoc in the physical world that results in a violent storm. From here Yahweh begins to answer Job’s challenges and accusations. Yahweh does not go on the defensive by explaining things to Job, but instead he goes on the offensive by asking Job a series of questions that will ultimately undermine Job’s qualifications for even questioning the Lord. When the Lord’s questioning is finished Job willingly withdraws his challenge.

It should be noted that the Lord does not side with Job’s friends and accuse Job of sin, nor does the Lord try to present Job’s suffering as just or fair. In fact, in Job 42:7 the Lord says himself when he speaks to Eliphaz that job has spoken correctly:

“I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”

God’s accusation against Job is that Job has spoken “without knowledge.” The Lord’s complaint is not that Job is a dumb man or that Job has failed to spend time in study, but that Job is speaking about things man can never know. Job has not sinned, but Job has spoken and made judgments about things that he cannot understand. No man has the insight to say the things Job has said. Only God was there at the very beginning and knows all the needed information. Man does know that the Lord is just and the Lord can be trusted. And, this is what Job needs to practice and speak.
dor (Hb) - Generation (Eng) - describes the period of time a man lives or the length of a man's maturity and period of responsibility. A generation in Abraham's day and before was 100 years, but by Moses' day a dor had become 40 years. Psalm 71:17-18 and 145:4 declare that generations have obligations to each other.
Have I spoken without knowledge? Have I established my thoughts and presented my opinion without facts, evidence or support from God’s revealed word? I will form my theology after study and investigation, not merely after feeling my emotions and imagining my own thoughts.



Bible Reading Descriptions Here

Narrative

Complete Text

General Text




Personal

To be a good friend

Church

Avoid self-righteous attitudes
Illegal Drugs
Faeroe Island



Ibex, a species of wild goat, walk along the edges of a wadi in Israel.
Details of the return of the Jews from Babylon. There were three returns: Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah.




Someone to Quote

"It is necessary, then, not only to preach the gospel but also, when people have believed the gospel, to 'instruct everyone and teach everyone in all wisdom.'
There is no part of Christian teaching that is to be reserved for a spiritual elite."
- F. F. Bruce

Something to Ponder

Almost every area of theology has been hotly debated at some point in church history. And, at each point some false teaching spun off into false ideologies and false concepts we call heresies or false doctrine.
Consider these debated areas from church history:

• Jewish Law vs. Justification by Faith
• The Trinity
• Nature of the Person of Jesus
• Deity of Christ
• Canon of Scripture
• Church Government
• Sin Nature
• Eternal Security
• Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Here’s a Fact

The Amarna Letters support the Old Testament account of events concerning the conquest of the Land in 1400-1300 BC. The same cities are mentioned in the same location: Ashkelon is called Asqaluna, Gaza is called Hazzatu, Gezer is Gazru, Hazor is Hasura, Joppa is Yapu, Lachish is Lakisa, Megiddo is Magidda.

Proverb

"Better to live on a corner of the roof
    than share a house with a quarrelsome wife."

- Proverbs 21:9

Coach’s Corner

A successful, peaceful life cannot be lived compartmentalized. Each compartment of life must be given attention. The one ignored area of life will undermine the success of the other areas and spread its chaos into the whole life.

Psalm 71:17-18
New International Version (NIV)
17 
Since my youth, God, you have taught me,     and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 
Even when I am old and gray,     do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation,     your mighty acts to all who are to come.
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Psalm 145:4
New International Version (NIV)

One generation commends your works to another;     they tell of your mighty acts.
Ruth 3
New International Version (NIV)
Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”
“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”
15 He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he went back to town.
16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”
Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her
17 and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”
18 Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”
Amos 1
New International Version (NIV)
The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel.
He said:
“The Lord roars from Zion     and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up,     and the top of Carmel withers.”
Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Damascus,     even for four, I will not relent. Because she threshed Gilead     with sledges having iron teeth,

I will send fire on the house of Hazael     that will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.

I will break down the gate of Damascus;     I will destroy the king who is in the Valley of Aven and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.     The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,” says the Lord.
This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Gaza,     even for four, I will not relent. Because she took captive whole communities     and sold them to Edom,

I will send fire on the walls of Gaza     that will consume her fortresses.

I will destroy the king of Ashdod     and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn my hand against Ekron,     till the last of the Philistines are dead,” says the Sovereign Lord.
This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Tyre,     even for four, I will not relent. Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom,     disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,
10 
I will send fire on the walls of Tyre     that will consume her fortresses.”
11 This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Edom,     even for four, I will not relent. Because he pursued his brother with a sword     and slaughtered the women of the land, because his anger raged continually     and his fury flamed unchecked,
12 
I will send fire on Teman     that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.”
13 This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Ammon,     even for four, I will not relent. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead     in order to extend his borders,
14 
I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah     that will consume her fortresses amid war cries on the day of battle,     amid violent winds on a stormy day.
15 
Her king will go into exile,     he and his officials together,” says the Lord.
2 Samuel 22
New International Version (NIV)
David’s Song of Praise
22 David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,     my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—     from violent people you save me.

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,     and have been saved from my enemies.

The waves of death swirled about me;     the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

The cords of the grave coiled around me;     the snares of death confronted me.

“In my distress I called to the Lord;     I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice;     my cry came to his ears.

The earth trembled and quaked,     the foundations of the heavens shook;     they trembled because he was angry.

Smoke rose from his nostrils;     consuming fire came from his mouth,     burning coals blazed out of it.
10 
He parted the heavens and came down;     dark clouds were under his feet.
11 
He mounted the cherubim and flew;     he soared on the wings of the wind.
12 
He made darkness his canopy around him—     the dark rain clouds of the sky.
13 
Out of the brightness of his presence     bolts of lightning blazed forth.
14 
The Lord thundered from heaven;     the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,     with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
16 
The valleys of the sea were exposed     and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the Lord,     at the blast of breath from his nostrils.
17 
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me;     he drew me out of deep waters.
18 
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,     from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,     but the Lord was my support.
20 
He brought me out into a spacious place;     he rescued me because he delighted in me.
21 
“The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;     according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
22 
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;     I am not guilty of turning from my God.
23 
All his laws are before me;     I have not turned away from his decrees.
24 
I have been blameless before him     and have kept myself from sin.
25 
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,     according to my cleanness in his sight.
26 
“To the faithful you show yourself faithful,     to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
27 
to the pure you show yourself pure,     but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
28 
You save the humble,     but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
29 
You, Lord, are my lamp;     the Lord turns my darkness into light.
30 
With your help I can advance against a troop;     with my God I can scale a wall.
31 
“As for God, his way is perfect:     The Lord’s word is flawless;     he shields all who take refuge in him.
32 
For who is God besides the Lord?     And who is the Rock except our God?
33 
It is God who arms me with strength     and keeps my way secure.
34 
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;     he causes me to stand on the heights.
35 
He trains my hands for battle;     my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
36 
You make your saving help my shield;     your help has made me great.
37 
You provide a broad path for my feet,     so that my ankles do not give way.
38 
“I pursued my enemies and crushed them;     I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
39 
I crushed them completely, and they could not rise;     they fell beneath my feet.
40 
You armed me with strength for battle;     you humbled my adversaries before me.
41 
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,     and I destroyed my foes.
42 
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—     to the Lord, but he did not answer.
43 
I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth;     I pounded and trampled them like mud in the streets.
44 
“You have delivered me from the attacks of the peoples;     you have preserved me as the head of nations. People I did not know now serve me,
45 
    foreigners cower before me;     as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
46 
They all lose heart;     they come trembling from their strongholds.
47 
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!     Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
48 
He is the God who avenges me,     who puts the nations under me,
49 
    who sets me free from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes;     from a violent man you rescued me.
50 
Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;     I will sing the praises of your name.
51 
“He gives his king great victories;     he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,     to David and his descendants forever.”
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Psalm 57
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 57
For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,     for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings     until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,     to God, who vindicates me.

He sends from heaven and saves me,     rebuking those who hotly pursue me—     God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;     I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows,     whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;     let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—     I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path—     but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,     my heart is steadfast;     I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!     Awake, harp and lyre!     I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;     I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;     your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11 
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;     let your glory be over all the earth.


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