Job 38-42

August 9, 2015

god-jobFinally its God’s turn to question Job…

Ch 38: YHWH asks “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Have you entered the springs of the sea, the dwelling of light or lead forth a constellation of stars?”

Ch 39: God asks Job about nature–did you set the donkey free? Give the ox his strength? Watched deer calve young? Instruct the hawk on soaring techniques?

Ch 40:  God: Are you going to find fault with me?
Job: I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
God: I made behemoth (sure sounds like a dinosaur), can you lead him around by the nose?

Ch 41:  God: I made leviathan (sure sounds like a dragon, including fire-breathing, vss 18-21), are you going to pierce his armor?

Ch 42:  Job: I know you can do all things; I know you much better now; I’ll shut up
God is not happy with Job’s three older friends, He has them sacrifice and allow Job to pray for them. God doesn’t address the younger questioner of Job (Elihu), Perhaps this is evidence of an “age of accountability”, or perhaps it is another Personage, like the fourth person in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego (Dan 3:25)?

The book concludes with YHWH again blessing Job with much wealth, 7 sevens and 3 daughters, and 140 more years.

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Job 32-37

August 8, 2015

Elihu is a fourth person who had not until now addressed Job. He is younger and has waited his turn, letting the older ones speak to Job first. He is full of “vim and vigor” and goes on for a full 6 chapters.

Ch 32: He begins by explaining how he has waited to let the older men exhaust their comments to Job but that he is just about bursting, trying to hold in what he has to say.

Ch 33: Elihu summarizes Job’s arguments fairly accurately and then says “you are not right in this”. Elihu tells Job that God allows difficulties into a man’s life in order to redeem him so that he will repent, “to bring back his soul from the pit”

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Ch 34: Elihu again reprises Job’s justification of himself, that he didn’t earn God’s displeasure. Elihu says that God is aware of every part of our lives and does not act unjustly; we reap exactly what we sow–pretty much the same argument as the previous three men. Elihu says ‘don’t add rebellion to your sin’, just confess and repent.

Ch 35: Elihu: Is your righteousness more than God’s? He’s not listening because your cries to Him are not sincere, since you won’t admit your wrongdoing and your words are empty.

Ch 36: Elihu: God is perfect in knowledge, He sees everything–you’re not getting away with anything.

Ch 37: Elihu: God is behind the storms and in control of nature, His power is exalted–He is not going to regard the “wise in heart”.


Job 17-31

August 7, 2015

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More KJVSV (Kurt J. Very Short Version):

Ch 17: Job: My name has become an insult, people mock me; all I have to look forward to is the grave.

Ch 18: Bildad (friend #1): You think we’re idiots, you’re not listening to what we’re saying–let me tell you what happens to the wicked; does this sound familiar?

Ch 19: Job: And you’re not listening to me–God has brought this upon me from nowhere–even so, I do have eternal hope because I know my Redeemer lives and He will one day stand on this earth and I will see Him in the flesh.

Ch 20: Zophar (friend #3): I’ve held my tongue long enough listening to your insults and denials–the wicked have what’s coming, they can’t avoid it.

Ch 21: Job: You say the wicked get punished in this life, but I look around and a lot of them seem to be doing pretty good–I don’t think we can base our understanding of their walk with God on their level of blessing in this life. Yes, they will eventually receive their just reward in Sheol.

Ch 22: Eliphaz (friend #2): So its because you are so obedient to God that He’s reproving you? If you will just forsake your protests and repent, God will restore your good fortunes.

Ch 23: Job: If I could just appear before God, I would present my case, but of course I can’t perceive Him like He perceives me. I have remained steadfastly obedient and He knows that–eventually there will be reward; God is in control.

Ch 24: Job: Why does God seem to ignore evil? (Job gives a ton of examples) Who can dispute this?

Ch 25: Bildad (friend #1): God is awesome, even stars are not pure in His sight, how can you say this about Him?

Ch 26: Job: You’re some help! Of course God is incomprehensible (Job gives a science lesson) He “hangs the earth on nothing”.

Ch 27: Job: Yes wicked men will eventually get their due, but I wasn’t wicked before God, so I just don’t understand why I’m in this situation.

Ch 28: Job: You know, silver, gold, iron and copper can be searched for and dug out of the ground; finding wisdom is much harder, and the value of wisdom is much greater than gold–fearing God is wisdom and departing from evil is understanding.

Ch 29: Job: My life used to be one of integrity, righteousness and blessing where I defended the weak and orphaned and pursued justice for the guilty.

Ch 30: Job: Now I am taunted and spat upon by young people and those who were administered the justice they deserved. I call out to God to restore my former estate and He is silent.

Ch 31: Job: I conducted myself in the utmost integrity–I didn’t lust after virgins, lie, steal, mistreat slaves, gloat in my wealth nor rejoice over the downfall of my enemies.


Job 6-13

August 6, 2015

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The KJVSV (Kurt J. Very Short Version):

Ch 6: Job: You guys aren’t very good at comforting someone who is suffering.

Ch 7: Job: My life is futile and I’m in physical pain; what did I do to deserve this?

Ch 8: Bildad: You must have sinned. If you’ll just repent, God will make everything good again.

Ch 9: Job: You’re right in theory; there is no one righteous. If this is the case then I’m doomed, there’s no arbitrator between me and God.

Ch 10: Job: Why God? Tell me where I am guilty?

Ch 11: Zophar: Repent and have a positive attitude, things will turn around!

Ch 12: Job: You guys are numbskulls; YHWH does things we can’t understand.

Ch 13: Job: I am going to keep crying out to God; even if He kills me I’m going to keep trusting Him. He’s big enough to handle my complaints.


Genesis 8-11

August 4, 2015
  • Noah, his family and the animals were in the ark for over a year–went in on 2/10 and came out on 2/27 of the next year.noahs-ark2
  • God promises never again to curse the ground nor kill everything as in the flood. Lesson: God cars about the ground, the earth itself.
  • Man is recommissioned in his leadership over the earth; this command is very similar to Gen 1:28:
1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4 Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Notice verse 3–although there is some recognition of “clean” animals gathered for entry to the ark (5 instead of 2 for all other animals), this verse is clear: prior to the Law or further clarification which I have not gotten to yet, man is told he may eat ANYTHING. The only prohibition: blood.

  • Gen 10 is “Table of Nations”, very important for understanding the rest of the bible, particularly the OT. Its the “who’s who” key. Note that there are “bad guys” descending from all three brothers, Shem, Ham and Japheth–there’s not one who’s bad and two who are good, for instance. From Shem descends Abraham and from him Ishmael, father of the Arabs and eventually Islam; from Ham we have Canaan, Nimrod and Babel; from Japheth we have Magog, of “Gog and Magog” fame.Babel_Tower_JS
  • “Tar” shows up first in the Bible as mortar for the Tower of Babel in 11:3. In the “law” of first mention, its notable that we see the precursor to oil being used as the ingredient that binds together the construction of a tower demonstrating man’s pride and vanity–it allows us to do the same today and is foundational to our modern world of jet travel, autos, plastics, etc.
  • End of Gen 11: genealogy of Abram. The lifespans continue to get shorter, from 500 years down to 119.

Genesis 4-7

August 3, 2015
  • My latest doctrinal obsession is the non-biblicality of Calvinism (determinism) so my radar is especially attuned to looking for examples where this heresy is contradicted–and there is a fairly clear example in Gen 4. Here is what God says to Cain prior to him murdering Abel:

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.

 

cainI see in this passage God’s desire that Cain not sin–God did not determine that Cain would sin, He is activity trying to prevent him from sinning by warning him. God hates sin, He knows the damage it does. Calvinism preaches that God is glorified by his wisdom in bringing about evil and then punishing evil. It teaches that there is no freewill, that all is pre-determined by God, both good and evil. This is not what I see in the Bible.

Here is an example of God appealing to Cain’s freewill to not go through with his murderous desire. Does God know ahead of time what is going to happen? Of course. God sees the end from the beginning, is outside of time, created time. But nonetheless we still have freewill and God cares enough about Cain to warn Him.

We have a loving God; He loves the entire world and every person in the world, not just the “chosen”.

  • In Gen 5:1-2 there’s a third, albeit shortened creation account.
  • The very long lifespans of anti-deluvian persons are gradually shortening; sin is taking its toll.
  • In Gen 6 I am going to have to interpret “sons of God” really just to mean humans–sorry to those who see more than that in this passage. Look at this passage in Romans 8, for instance:

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

We all agree (I hope) that is talking about those people who are born again, just humans.

  • There is evidence of the Trinity all over the Bible, including in Gen 6:

Then YHWH said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh

This can’t be translated “my wind shall not strive…”; its clearly talking about a person.ark

  • Gen 7, the Flood. Both the vapor canopy comes crashing down and volcanoes begin spewing vast amounts of subterranean water. Even today most of what comes out of volcanoes is water vapor, not lava.

Genesis 1-3

August 1, 2015

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  • Day is described as “evening and morning”–darkness first, then light. Spiritual application?
  • Gen Ch. 2 account of creation is in diff order than Gen Ch. 1–man is created prior to plants, which in Gen Ch. 1 is Day 6 and Day 4 respectively. Should we be obsessing over these sorts of details? The world seems very concerned about things like this.
  • One of the rivers of Eden “surrounds” Cush, or Ethiopia! Gen 2:13 Another is in western Arabian peninsula (Gihon) Tigris and Euphrates are of course in Iraq.
  • Satan never addresses God as YHWH, but as Elohim–there is no “personal” relationship, only an acknowledgment of position and authority.

Of course there’s lots more, but these particularly stood out to me today.


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