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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

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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.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"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

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
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.  

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.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

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.

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

- Proverbs 21:9
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Ruth 3 Amos 1 2 Samuel 22; Psalm 57
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

To be a good friend

Avoid self-righteous attitudes

Illegal Drugs

Faeroe Island
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Ibex, a species of wild goat

Details of the return of the Jews from Babylon. There were three returns: Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah.

Details of the return of the Jews from Babylon. There were three returns: Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah.

Ibex, a species of wild goat, walk along the edges of a wadi in Israel.  
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