Monthly Archives: May 2013

Psalm 4 — Peace

In a world of turmoil, peace can be hard to find, especially when it seems like everyone is against you.  Or even just one person, be it your boss, your husband, your wife, or even a friend you’ve been fighting … Continue reading

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Psalm 2 – Yielding to our rightful King

Yielding.  It’s not a word people like to hear.  Especially when it comes to what we feel are our rights.  My body.  My life.  My way. And when anyone tries to make us yield, we fight as if our lives … Continue reading

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Psalm 1 — The way of blessedness

And so we head full-on into the Psalms.  We have already touched on those where we knew their historical contexts, so if you notice that we seem to skip a few here or there, we actually covered them earlier.  I’m … Continue reading

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Job 42:7-16 — Healing

After his encounter with God, it was a time for healing for Job.  But to God, it wasn’t just about the healing of his body, or the healing of all his personal hurts from the tragedies he had suffered. It … Continue reading

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Job 38-42 — What really matters

God…enter stage right. I kind of wonder if the reason that Elihu started talking about storms was that he actually saw a storm approaching, the very storm, in fact, from which God spoke. Some people may question why I tend … Continue reading

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Job 34-37 — God’s justice, our arrogance

Many people today dispute God’s goodness, if not his existence, by saying, “If God exists, and if God is good, then why is there evil in this world?  Why doesn’t he just wipe out all evil from this world?  Since … Continue reading

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Job 32-33 — Suffering, humility, and grace

There are a lot of problems in trying to interpret Job, and one of the biggest problems is what to do  with Elihu.  I’ve seen commentary that basically call him a big windbag full of hot air, which is why … Continue reading

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Job 27-31 — A final defense

Job gives his longest speech here, and you could call it his final defense.  In chapter 27, he once again reiterates his contention that he is undeserving of all this suffering.  He then tells his “friends” that he hopes that … Continue reading

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Job 25-27 — Incomplete and distorted

We finally come to the last of the speeches by Job’s friends.  Essentially, Bildad totally ignores all that Job said, and just says, “God’s great.  God’s pure.  But you.  You’re just a dirty worm.  Dirty.  Impure.  A mere maggot in … Continue reading

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Job 22-23 — The frustration of dealing with an invisible God

After being severely blasted by Eliphaz, in which Eliphaz for the first time levels specific (if completely baseless) accusations against Job, Job cries out once again for a hearing before God.  He said, If only I knew where to find … Continue reading

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Job 20-21,24 — A hard truth

As we continue to go through Job, Job’s friends continue to hammer along the same line, insisting that Job must have done something wrong to deserve all problems he’d been suffering through. But in the midst of their arguments and … Continue reading

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Job 17-19 — A Redeemer

This is one of the more remarkable passages in Job to me.  Because though Job has no knowledge of Jesus (who of course had yet to be born), yet he cries out his faith in a Redeemer. First, he once … Continue reading

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Job 16 — Miserable comforters, a true Comforter

After hearing Eliphaz’s words, Job once again tears into his tormenters saying, 2 “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing? … Continue reading

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Job 15 — Pride in what you think you know

After more of Job’s moanings in chapter 14, Eliphaz speaks up again, and once again proclaims that only the wicked suffer. But what I find even more interesting is how he begins the chapter.  He says, Would a wise person … Continue reading

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Job 11-13 — Judging others

The assault on Job and his character continues.  This time Zophar takes his shots, and he basically continues the line started by his friends.  Namely, that Job must have sinned and that God is punishing for him it. And after … Continue reading

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Job 10 — Waiting to punish?

As I look at the complaint of Job here, I see a way of thinking that many people have.  Job said, You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.  But this is … Continue reading

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Job 9 — The need for a mediator

In this passage, we see more of Job’s frustration bubbling over at God.  On one hand, he recognizes God’s sovereignty in this world.  But on the other hand, God seems so distant. Job said, When he passes me, I cannot … Continue reading

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Job 5-7 — Right…and wrong

Eliphaz gives the first speech to Job, and the thing that strikes me is that at times, he says things that are quite right. In fact, Paul quotes the words of Eliphaz in I Corinthians 3:19 where he says, He … Continue reading

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Job 4-31 — Oversimplification and false accusations

I must admit that I somewhat dreaded coming to the book of Job.  Not because of the topic, but because of the layout.  Basically, you have nearly 30 chapters of people arguing with each other in literal circles, saying essentially … Continue reading

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Job 3 — What we cannot see

In this chapter, Job is really at a point of despair.  Almost all that was dear to him had been stripped from him.  His children were dead, his wife was of no comfort, he had lost his possessions, and now … Continue reading

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Job 2:11-13 — When friends mourn

In the book of Job, we see three of his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  When they heard about Job’s troubles, they decided together to go and visit him.  And when they saw the state he was in, it says, … Continue reading

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Job 1-2 — Why we worship

Having completed the history of Israel in the Old Testament, we now go back in time and look at the life of a man named Job.  When he lived is uncertain, but considering how long he lived, (well past 150), … Continue reading

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Malachi 4 — If we fail to listen

After all of the rebukes God gives the people, he ends this book with a warning. He warns them that the day of judgment will come.  Those who persist in their evil will be condemned, and at that point, there … Continue reading

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Malachi 3:13-18 — Futile?

Sometimes as we follow God, we become disappointed and discouraged.  And if we’re not careful, it’s easy to become cynical as well. That’s what happened to the Israelites.  They were saying to themselves, It is futile to serve God.  What … Continue reading

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Malachi 3:6-12 — Tithing

Some people may see this and wonder, “Why are you talking about tithing?  That was Old Testament law.  The New Testament says nothing about Christians tithing.” That’s true.  When Malachi was talking to the Israelites, he was talking to people … Continue reading

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Malachi 2:17-3:7 — Where’s the justice?

Many times people ask, “If God is good, why is this world so bad?  If he’s so just, where’s the justice?” It’s not a new question.  People were asking it in Malachi’s day.  God told them, You have wearied the … Continue reading

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Malachi 2:10-16 — Acting treacherously against your spouse

We come to a pretty painful topic for many people.  Around 50% of marriages, even among Christians sadly, end in divorce.  The percentage is much lower in Japan, where I live, but even here, the total is rising. In this … Continue reading

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Malachi 2:1-9 — Your role as God’s priest

Some of you may look at today’s title and say, “I’m not a priest.  This has no relevance for me.” But if you are a Christian, you are God’s priest.  Peter says of you and me, But you are a … Continue reading

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Malachi 1:6-14 — What God deserves

In this passage, we see one of the main problems that the Jews had, and it filtered down to everything that they did. What was their problem?  They failed to honor God.  They treated him as something less than the … Continue reading

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Malachi 1:1-5 – Questioning God’s love

And so we come to the end of Israel’s history in the Old Testament.  After this book, we still have to go through the books of poetry to wrap up the Old Testament (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Song of … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 9-13 — When the emotion fades

When I lived in Hawaii, I would sometimes go to church camps up in the mountains.  And they would be great times of worship and of teaching.  I would usually come back on a spiritual high, ready and willing to … Continue reading

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