Saturday, February 28, 2015

Job 34

Elihu said that when Job declared that he is righteous and charged God of injustice (v5), it does not only promote offensive words against God, but also satisfies the actions of the enemies of truth. There is no injustice and wickedness in God's way, and God did not do anything in Job's life to afflict him, therefore Job has to silent his lips. If God will not consider grace and mercy upon His creation, "all men will return to dust" (v15). God is fair to both rich and poor for they are included in God's plan, and He knows the ways of men for He sees all their steps. If God is similar to those earthly kings and princes who hated justice and unfit to rule, what will happen to His creation? Elihu reiterated that if God will show injustice to Job, it means He can also do it to all men; good or bad, price or poor. But God works with wisdom! Lastly, Elihu asked Job to humble himself before God because he did not use his wisdom in time of struggle, but spoke like a wicked person... Reading: Job 34, God bless.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Job 33

Elihu said that Job's justification of his past good works, and proclaiming that he was innocent and pure is not righteous in the eyes of God (v12). Also, Job represented God as a severe God, and therefore he needs repentance and humility of himself. God works with perfect wisdom and judgment, but we cannot perceive them because we are just fallen human being. In Job's complains of his diseases, and being judged by his friends that God was angry with him,  Elihu shows that God allows afflictions of the body for the good of the soul. "Man is chastened with pain on his bed... that He may restore the righteousness to man and deliver him from going down to the Pit" (v19, 24). Pain is the fruit of our sins, yet by the grace of God, the pain of the body and emotions is often made a means of good to our soul. Elihu shows that God's design toward men is to save them from being for ever miserable, and to bring them to be for ever happy with God... Reading: Job 33, God bless.

Job 32

Elihu expressed his displeasure with Job because he was more concerned to clear his own character than to promote God's goodness. Elihu rebuked the three friends because they had been critical of Job and his situation. Both Job and his friends were not willing to concede and give up their own beliefs. Then Elihu, younger in age spoke and corrected both parties. It is true that years of experience should teach wisdom, but there is God who gives us wisdom and better understanding (vv7-8). By paying attention to the word of God and reliance upon the Holy Spirit, young men can be wiser than the aged person. If we believe that the Holy Spirit gave us message, speak up, and make sure that it is not based in emotion. God is the God of order not of confusion. Our message should always be for the edification of the body and glorification of the Almighty in Christ our Lord... Reading: Job 32, God bless.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Job 31

Job's purpose for mentioning his good works one by one is not to boast his labor to his friends, but to answer the charges of hypocrisy. "If my step has turned from the way... then let my harvest be rooted out" (vv7-8). It means that if he did evil to his fellowmen, then let evil things fall upon his shoulder too. In reality, Job was a merciful person and he was not guilty of covetousness, immorality and idolatry. He understood the spiritual nature of God that nothing can be hidden in His eyes. Job was also familiar with God's commandments, and the story of the fall of Adam at the Garden (v33). Job's knew that all the defilement of the life come from a deceitfulness of heart that consumes all good things inside of men. He considered that he had a Master in heaven, and if He is severe to us, then we ought to be mild and gentle towards all around us... Reading: Job 31, God bless.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Job 30

In the previous chapter, Job recalled the honors he received from the people, but this time it is turned into disrespect. "But now, they mock at me... I am their taunting song, their byword" (vv1, 9). This is the game in this world; if you are rich, you are surrounded by people, and if you fall, you will be insulted and ridiculed. As God's people we should not be cast down if we are despised by wicked men, but look up to Jesus who endured the oppositions of sinners. From verse 20, we can observe the 'almost failure' of Job because of inner struggle. "I cried out to You, but You don't answer... when I waited for light, then came darkness" (vv 20, 26). It shows that when inward temptations join with outward tragedies, the soul is filled with confusion, and death is the only solution (v23). Jesus came and taught us to handle this situation, that struggle is an opportunity to know God more... Reading: Job 30, God bless.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Job 29

Job remembered his former days when he had everything, "as in the days when God watched over me" (v2), and compared it with his present condition because God had withdrawn from him. It may happen to anyone of us too, that's why it is important to examine ourselves, to seek for the cause of such changes, by means of prayer and Bible meditation. Then he mentioned his good works in the past, that men are honoring him because on his usefulness with his people. He stated his works with the poor who cried out, with the fatherless with no helper; he was eyes to the blind, feet to the lame, and caused the widows to sing for joy. We are blessed if we have such kind of people, but we are more blessed if we are that kind of person who is useful to the needs of the community. Lastly, Job had hope to die in peace and honor, in a good old age. Our Lord Jesus is able to help and comfort us with the comfort that we need in time as such as this... Reading: Job 29, God bless.

Job 28

Job said that the world is regulated by the highest wisdom. The formation and extraction of precious things like gold and silver out of the earth, and even the animals, men and merchants are all governed by wisdom. “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? (v12). Job declared that it is priceless, better than all the wealth of this world which cannot be bought by money. Its way and location can be found in God alone. But God in His sovereign will revealed wisdom to His elected people. In fact it is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Job in his situation asked it as one that truly desired to find it. Finally he said, "the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding. (v28)... Reading: Job 28, God bless.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Job 27

Job began to complain for the negative things that he heard from his friends, but he continued to have confidence in the goodness both of his cause and his God. "My lips will not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit" (v4). He tells that though he may suffer and experience lots of trials, his heart shall not reproach him, he will not stop serving God, but will continue on his integrity. Then Job looked upon the condition of the hypocrites and wicked men, to be hopeless and most miserable. God will never listen to the cry of these people, because their pleasure in this world will draw them away from God. He said that the portion of the wicked will end up to death, grave and destruction. Death to a godly man will bring him up to the heavenly place, but to a wicked is like a storm that hurried him to calamity. Praise the Lord for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ... Reading: Job 27, God bless.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Job 26

Job asked Bildad on helping and comforting a grieving friend. How have you declared sound advice to someone that need it? It means that Bildad ought to console Job in time of trials, rather than speaking about the terror of the Almighty. Timing is very important in giving a piece of advice. Then Job declared God's marvelous creation, His wisdom and power in the preservation of all things. "He stretches out the north over empty space, He hangs the earth on nothing" (v7). He has not only made the heavens, but beautified and adorned them (v13). Job's words give us idea that when God created us, His goal for us is to enrich, empower and smarten us up. And this is the argument of Job, that he wants to hear good words from his friends, not evil words as if he was guilty of heinous crimes. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will be with us forever, who is our Comforter and will never fail us... Reading: Job 26, God bless.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Job 25

In response to Job's speech, Bildad said that man cannot justify himself before God. He raises the question concerning the great gap that separates between God and man. God is holy and righteous, and nothing can be compared with Him. The stars and the moon that shine their lights is nothing compare with the glory of God, how much less a man, that is just like maggot and worm. Therefore, how then can man be righteous before God? Can he be pure before the eyes of God? In ancient time, there was no accurate answer to this question. Even the law of Moses cannot justify the impurities of man before God. But praise be to the Son of God who gave His life for the salvation of many. The blood of the Lamb can provide solution to this problem by washing our sins away, and provide justification of our works through faith in His finished works at the cross... Reading: Job 25, God bless.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Job 24

Once again Job enumerates one  by one the wickedness of the wicked people against humanity. He says that many people were successful in this world but they live in defiance of all the laws of justice.  Their practices are sinful and immoral, they are under pretense of obeying law and authority, but they took advantage of the poor, widows, orphans, helpless, and marginalize. They promote simplicity of life but they live in extravagance, and they are not ashamed and afraid of God to do it in broad light. Job said that they should be cursed on this earth so that no one would turn into their ways (v18). But God allows them to live, nevertheless He is always watching them. They may rise high but they have no assurance of life, they may be great but only for a moment, like others that had gone and cut off like heads of the grains. Job assures his hearers that he is perfectly correct in his belief, because God's providence in the affairs of men is just, fair and wise in everything... Reading: Job 24, God bless.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Job 23

Job's feeling is bitter, and he wants to have his cause tried quickly, by presenting his case before God and argue. He knows that God will not contend with him but would give him a fair trial. Job believes that God is every where present, but he was confused and couldn't grasp God's merciful presence, so that he can spread out his case before God. "I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I can't perceive Him" (v8). Then Job maintained his integrity with God that he did't depart from Him, only that God seemed standing at a distance. At the end, Job confesses that God is unique and no one can change His way. He will do whatever He had planned to man and He controls our destiny. In this chapter, it tells that we must learn to obey and trust the Lord even in time of trials and struggles, to live or die as God pleases. The hope and reward of the faithful servants of God are laid up in all its fullness in another world... Reading: Job 23, God bless.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Job 22

Eliphaz said that man's good works are unprofitable to God, a common teaching even in the New Testament. Then he accused Job of oppression, that Job became mighty in power through wicked works (v5). He brought heavy charges against Job, that he oppressed poor people, exploited servants, withheld salaries, sent widow away,  crushed the orphans, therefore God had vindicated these poor people by crumpling Job and his family. To Eliphaz, Job was one of many wicked men in his days and himself saw the end of their ways. As Christians, our reaction should be to mark what happened to them, but don't blame them or lift up ourselves, but take it as personal warning and encourage them to trust the Lord more. This statement of Eliphaz is an implication that Job had not known God, and that prosperity in life and recovery shall follow if Job will only humble himself to God... Reading: Job 22, God bless.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Job 21

Job asked, "Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful?" (v7). Their children enjoy their lives and spend prosperity, their homes are big and safe from enemies, their livestock breed continuously. Also, they don't accept God's precept and refuse to be taught of godly ways. These wicked men declared that it is unprofitable to put their trust in Him, and yet God does not punish them. This opinion is the complete opposite of Job's friends' judgment that the wicked fall into visible ruin, and upon that principle they condemned Job as wicked. In other words, his friends didn't understand the teaching about God's sovereignty. Job said that the wicked are reserved for the doom's day, and will be judged with the wrath of God. The evil's prosperity are closed upon his death, and he will be away from his Creator forever. It is our encouragement to be vigilant in present life, that many have died before us, and with the faith in Christ Jesus, He is our consolation in the hour of our death... Reading: Job 21, God bless.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Job 20

Zophar spoke about the short happiness of the wicked man in this world. Their joy is but for a moment, yet they will perish forever in agony and torment.  The pleasure of sins and immoral act will bring them to everlasting pain and misery (v7). The soul will go the final place, but the body will lie down in the dust (v11). Unfortunately, men love the world, the wealth of it, and they set their hearts upon these things. They also love violence, dishonesty and injustice, and these sins bring God's wrath and judgment upon them and their families. There is no fence against sins because the heaven will reveal their iniquities, and the earth will rise up against them (v27). Praised be to the blood of the Lamb that erase our sins and covers the believers from the wrath of God. Zohar concluded that the portion of wicked men is destruction, and if Job is guilty, he will be judged too by God. This can also apply to all of us, that if our sins will not be forgiven, then we will judged and perished away from the presence of God eternally... Reading: Job 20, God bless.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Job 19

Job describes his friends' unkindness, that their harsh words added to the weight of his afflictions. But he changed his gear that instead of resenting them, better to look up to God who endured the contradiction against himself. In Christian journey, it is a common mistake to conclude that those whom God afflicts are being treated as His enemies. On the contrary, He disciplines whom He loves, since we are His children. Because of men's ignorance of this truth, the friendship between people are becoming very uncertain. Job complained that everybody had forsaken him; his friends, servants, kinsmen, wife, and his "counselors had treated him like an abomination, and he whom I valued the most has turned against me" (19:19). Then Job spoke of the resurrection, that there is Redeemer who lives eternally, though not yet come in the flesh at his time, but at the last day the living Redeemer will appear as the Judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people. Indeed, the Redeemer has come and He will come again for final redemption, and we will see Him very soon... Reading: Job 19, God bless.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Job 18

Bildad once again spoke with a rebuke, that Job closed his ears to understanding and shut out the providence of God because he did not admit himself to be sinner. Bildad described the miserable situation of a wicked man, that when a person starts putting out the light, darkness shall come. In man's evil doing, there is a snare for himself, because God is preparing for his own destruction. "For he cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks into a snare" (v8). Lastly, Bildad declared that the destruction of sinners are kept in the other world, a very horrible place, and all that he trust to for his own support in this world like wealth, servants and children shall be taken away from him. The memory of the wicked man shall rot, and such dreadful place will be the final destiny of him. In a sense, Bildad's words are true to the wicked people, but this is false to the case of Job. It would be well if we take this chapter a warning also to our own souls. We may have sorrow for a little while, but our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ will be with us all the days of our lives... Reading: Job 18, God bless.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Job 17

Job reflects on the unfriendly remarks of his friends, and looking on himself as a dying man who appeals to God's mercy. It shows that there is an ending in all of our activities in this world, and we should be concern to redeem the days of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity. Instead of being discouraged in the ministry because of some unfaithful and dishonest "God's servants," Job declared that he rather proceed and persevere therein. As for us, let's continue to look up unto Jesus and His faithful and honest servants, than to be discouraged with the works of the carnal people. "The righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger" (v 9). Job knew that his way is correct, and will continue to hold on his way and grow in relationship with God. He would be more and more confirmed in his integrity, and would continue to denote a pure and holy life with the clean hands, because He is a friend of God. Indeed, a man of honesty shall become more established in virtue, more confirmed in his principles, and more convinced that he or she is a man or woman of the Almighty... Reading: Job 17, God bless.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Job 15

Eliphaz's 2nd attack charges Job with ignorance of God and lips service. He said that Job's statement testifies his lack of knowledge about God, and that he is condemned by his own words. He also said, "What do you know that we do not know?" (v9). Today, Eliphaz is similar to many people in our time, that when they hear that the TRUE BELIEVERS speaking about the word of God, they will simply say, "I know that already," or "I read the Bible from cover to cover." In this chapter, the truth exposed that it was Eliphaz who was ignorant of God and not Job. The doctrine of these three friends of Job was static, traditional, no innovation and old fashion; that only the wicked are certainly miserable, therefore Job was also miserable person. But the Bible does not say that, though many God's people have prospered in this world, yet it does not follow that those who were made poor as Job are not God's people. Jesus said, "one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses" (Luke 12:15)... Reading: Job 15, God bless.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Job 14

Job addressed that man's fallen race is short-lived, and full of trouble. The wisdom and beauty that he had shall later decline when sickness and death strike, like the flower or shadow that passed away. He remains unclean because he lives in an unclean environment (v4). Job understood that God deals with people not according to his own works, but according to His mercy and grace. When the tree is cut down, shoots comes forth, and grow up as a newly branch. But when man is cut off by death, he is removed from this world forever. But Job hopes to continue serving the Lord, and wait till the day his body change (v14). Indeed there is corruption, but there is also correction (resurrection) from the Almighty. When our body is dead, it is hidden in the grave, but our soul will find rest in heaven till the final day. God will prevail against all that contend with Him, whose hope will come to nothing. It is true that there are pain, sickness and disease, but God will receive the believers into realms of eternal happiness... Reading: Job 14, God bless.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Job 13

Job said that his friends are worthless physicians of his troubled soul, that instead of comforts, he received condemnation, and therefore, he didn't need to hear their diagnosis. He prefers to remain in his own belief about God, Who can justify and save him in such a time of difficulties. Job was very confident that only God can console and make him happy, and give him full assurance of deliverance. He said that God may slay him, yet he will still put his trust in Him (v15), because God's judgment is fair and just. He knew himself not to be a hypocrite, and that he would not be rejected by God. He understood that all shall work for good to him, even when all seems to make against him. In his prayer, Job prayed to God to make his sin known to him that he may ask God's forgiveness. The true penitent person is willing to know and admit the worst of himself, so that he may confess them and guard their hearts in the future... Reading: Job 13, God bless.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Job 12

This time, it was Job who reproved his friends using the same godly wisdom. In our time, they are like Christians disputing against each other using the same Bible. Job used it properly, his friends used it out of context. Job interprets God's word correctly, his friends interprets it erroneously. Job claimed that he is acquainted with God better: "I have understanding as well as you, I am not inferior to you" (v3). Then Job appears to fact that robbers and evil men often prosper, and God allows it (v6). However God has better things for His children because He has the control of everything. With regards to wisdom and the affairs of men, aged men possessed and understand how to utilize and run them, but God can overrule them and oppose all men's plans. These truths were suited to convince his friends that they were out of their mind in attempting to assign the Lord's reason for afflicting Job, because God's way is unsearchable and His wisdom is beyond our understanding. Job demands from his friends liberty to judge of what they had said and for fair judgment... Reading: Job 12, God bless.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Job 11

Zophar cannot accept Job's words for depending himself. He rebukes Job for his "empty talk" and warned that God may speak with him and show him the secrets of wisdom. He said that we can't find the deep things of God, and measure the expanse of His creation.  God is too great for us to know, and His glory is beyond our understanding. If we are willing to know about God, we will only discover the uncleanness of our hands and the deceitfulness of life before His presence. Yet God is proud of His creation, because He knew that there is still goodness that can be tapped. Zohar exhorts Job to repentance, and gives him encouragement yet mixed with hard thoughts of him. He tells him the same message that the righteous person prospers but the wicked fails and destroys... Reading; Job 11, God bless.