Job 31-34

     In Job 31:15, we see that Job had a very similar view of God's involvement in our lives to that of David.  David wrote, in Psalm 139:13, "For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb."  and in 139:16, "Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in your book, they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."

God knows you intimately and you would not be here without His work!

Job's friend Elihu agrees with both of them - Job 33:4 records him saying "The Spirit of God has made me and the breath of the Almighty gives me life."

Job 25-30

What does Bildad tell us about man's standing before God (chapter 25)?

What differences between God and man does Job highlight in chapter 26?

Compare Job 28:28 with Proverbs 1:7.


Job 20-24

What are some of the consequences of wickedness listed in Job 20?

Does Job's response in chapter 21 primarily agree or disagree with the view of the wicked expressed in chapter 20?

Eliphaz has an interesting criterion for those deserving of punishment (listed in 22:9) what is it?

Job 15-19

16:21-22 Need for a mediator -

    21      Oh, that one might plead for a man with God,
    As a man pleads for his neighbor!
    22      For when a few years are finished,
    I shall go the way of no return.

In this section, we see two interesting points - 1.  The desperate need for a mediator, someone to go between God and man.  If only Job could have seen the Mediator yet to come!  2.  A really bleak view of the afterlife.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Job 16:21–22). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Just a few chapters later, in 19:25-27, we see a much more optimistic view of what comes after death.


Job 10-14

What are some of the reasons, in Zophar's mind, that Job should repent?  Are any of these reaons valid?

Notice that Job 12:10 teaches that God controls the life of every living thing, and the "breath of all mankind."  Where else is the sovereignty of God taugh with similar language?

Job 12 has more to say about the sovereignty of God.  Where do you find evidence that God controls even the affairs of nations?

Job 14:1 repeats an earlier thought about trouble being common to man.  What limits on humanity are explored in this chapter?


Job 5-9

What does Job 5:7 teach us about expecting everything to be easy in life?

What observations do you find regarding the length of human life in Job 7?

Job is desperate for a mediator between God and man in this passage (and elsewhere).  What good news to we find for Job (and all of us) in the New Testament?


Reading Through the Bible in One Year


     I have had a few questions on how to read through the Bible in a year.  I thought it might be good to put some reading plan options in one place so they are easy for you to find.  Take a look at the list below and remember, you can't go wrong!  Reading through the Bible is a great investment and the plan you choose doesn't matter as much as the choice to do it.

Chronological Plans:


Blue letter Bible (printable): https://www.blueletterbible.org/dailyreading/PDF/1Yr_ChronologicalPlan.pdf

Bibleplan.org (they will email you your reading each day):   

 Other Plans:

Bible.com:   https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10489-bible-in-one-year-2018

Biblica.com:  https://www.biblica.com/resources/reading-plans/


Job 1-4

1:1 - Job "blameless and upright" feared God and shunned evil

1:3 "greatest of all the people of the East."

1:12 Satan's ability to harm Job required permission from God

1:21 following loss of everything, Job said, "Naked I came from my mothers womb and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord."

2:1 sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, satan among them

2:6 Next level of persecution also required God's permission

2:10 after wife told him to curse God and die, he asked, "Shall we indeed accept good from God and shall we not accept adversity?"

2:12 -13 initial response of Job's friends = mourning with him in silence

3:19 describing the place where stillborn babes are, "the servant is free from his master."

4:17-21 - foolishnesh of trust in men from Eliphaz Job's friend


Genesis 7 - 11

In Genesis 7, we see specific details regarding the Flood with specific reference to Moses' age.

In chapter 8, we see a promise from God.  What is the promise and what is His reminder of the promise?

What is the relationship between Genesis 1:26 and 9:4-6?

10 - The nations that came from Noah's family

11- Tower of Babel, Shem's descendants ->  How quickly we get from the events of Creation to the patriarchs!


Genesis 4-6

4:26 Men began to call on the name of the Lord - what did this mean?  Formal worship? 

5 - long lives - note exceptionally long lifespans before the flood.

5:24 Enoch walked with God and was no more.  Did anyone else in the Bible have a similar experience?  Any commonalities in their experience?

6:2 sons of God + daughters of men - Who are the sons of God?

6:3 lifespan shortened to 120 years

6:5 depravity

6:6 & 7 seem to indicate God regretting His decision to create humanity.  Does God make mistakes?  How are we to understand these verses?

Gen 6:13-22 God tells Noah whats going to happen and what to do about it


Genesis 1-3

 From the very beginning of Genesis, we get a series of powerful clues regarding the God this book is revealing.  5 times in the first 24 verses, we see a hint of the authority of God:

1:3 God said let there be light and there was

1:9 God said... and it was so

1:11 God said... and it was so

1:14 & 15 God said... and it was so

1:24 God said... and it was so

Next, we learn something about ourselves -

1:26&27 Created man in His image, male and female

We are created in the image of God.  What does that mean in terms of how we view and treat one another?  (More on that in coming readings) Does gender matter?

2:3 sanctified the seventh day

2:7  formed man out of the dust, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, man became a living being

2:17 literally "dying you shall die" - What did this warning mean?

2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 3:15 - This verse has been called the "protoevangelion".  Compare with Romans 16:20.  What does protoevangelion mean and why is the context here (the fall of man) relevant?

Gen 3:21 God made coverings of skin

Gen 3:22-24 What's going on here?  Why would it be bad for fallen man to eat from the tree of life?  (Hints in Romans 8, Hebrews 10, Revelation 2, Revelation 22)


Drinking Deeply in 2018

How are you?

     It has been a while since my last post.  I hope to increase the frequency of my posting in 2018.  The first step in that direction will be sharing some results from my reading plan for this year.  We will be using the "Firm Foundations"  bible study produced by ethnos360 this year at church.  This is a chronological, overview type trip through the Bible.  I decided to map out a plan of reading through the Bible twice in 2018, also in chronological order.  That was a pretty easy plan to make given the wealth of reading plans available now.  Google "Bible reading plans" and you will find something that fits your schedule or can be easily modified to do so. 

     Due to the pace of this reading plan, I expect that most of what you see here will be simple observations from the interaction with the text, but I do anticipate sharing some questions that we can wrestle with together here on the blog.  Some of these may provide a forum for some interpretation and application of what we are reading together. 

     I have enjoyed covering longer portions of Scripture more quickly than usual.  I find that much of my day, most days, demands placing attention on things of varying quality and value.  It is refreshing to take in large chunks of God's Word and focus on reliable truth...no "fake news" here!