Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Day 24

Job 8:1-11:20 KJV NLT
Bildad tried to replies to Job's sorrowful pleas and asks him how much longer will he carry on like this. He wants him to know that if Job is so against the idea that he himself is guilty, then he is therefore suffering as a result of what his children has done. God is a just God and if Job just prays to him and seek favor, He will provide for him. Job replies to that comment saying that he knows what his friend is saying is true but who is he to try and reason with God. Job is but a mere mortal and can not understand at all why God does the things that he does. He just wants to complain freely about not knowing what he has done and why was he born if to just suffer in such a way. Job's other friend Zophar replies to him and says something profound , " Verse 2 Is a person found innocent just by talking a lot? That is all Job has been doing and his friends are convinced that there was something that occurred in Job's life that warranted his punishment. This friend also want him to just get rid of his sins and leave all iniquity behind you (Job
11:14). Once he does that all should be clear in the eyes of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:1-28 KJV NLT
I encourage everyone to read this verse to affirm their Christian beliefs.
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter[c] and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers[d] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.

Please read this letter twice to yourselves because the words are so profound.

Psalm 38:1-22 KJV NLT
Passage Psalm 38:1-22:

Psalm 38

1O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

2For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.

3There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.

4For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

6I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.

8I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

9Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

10My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

11My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

12They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

13But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

14Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

15For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

16For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

17For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.

18For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

20They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

21Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

22Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

Proverbs 21:28-29 KJV NLT
Passage Proverbs 21:28-29:

28A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

29A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

Tomorrow's Reading

Job 12:1-15:35 KJV NLT
1 Corinthians 15:29-58 KJV NLT
Psalm 39:1-13 KJV NLT
Proverbs 21:30-31 KJV NLT

Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 23

I have decided that I am going to take the reading of Job very slowly because of the fact that it is very heavy reading. I am also backtracking to the date in the book The One Year Bible of August 22 since I was ill last week.
Job 4:1- 7:21
We come to a point in the reading where Job's friends are trying to comfort him when he is at his lowest. Satan had dealt his most severe blow to Job which has left him very ill and almost helpless. Job in the previous chapter (3:1-26) was cursing the day he was born but not cursing at God , which is what the devil had wanted. His friend Eliphaz the Termanite was the first to reply to Job. Job 4:3-6 In the past you have encouraged many in a troubled soul to trust God; you have supported those who were weak. Your words have strengthened the fallen; you steadied those who wavered. But now when trouble strikes, you faint and are broken. Does your reverence for God give you no confidence? Shouldn't you believe that God will care for those who are upright?
My husband often tells me the same thing. We are always ready to give advice, pray for one another but when it comes to ourselves we tend to have doubts, and start to feel sorry for ourselves when these rough patches hit. It is at this time that our faith is tested and when we should lean on God and trust in him to be able to overcome these obstacles. In Job 5:8, Eliphaz gave Job advice and told him to Go to God and present your case to him. He continues and explains the many things that God is capable of doing such as performing miracles, and outsmarting the crafty and evil minded.
Job replies to his friend in chapter 6 and 7. He lets him know that all he really wants is to be out of his misery and to know what sins has he committed to deserve this torment.

1 Corinthian 14: 18-40
Okay I have a BIG problem with this reading . Verse 34. 34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. 35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings. Really Paul. What happened to the whole idea of if the women is the Christian one in the relationship the hope is to bring that into the family. Isn't that a non-submissive role. What about people like Esther, Mary Magdalene who spoke up and did things to help our faith. Please help me to understand is this what God wants us to continue to do right now?

Psalm 37:30-40
Passage Psalm 37:30-40:

30 The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.

32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

34 Put your hope in the Lord.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

37 Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.

39 The Lord rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.

Proverbs 21:27
Passage Proverbs 21:27:
27 The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,
especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

Tomorrow's Reading

Job 8:1-11:20 KJV NLT
1 Corinthians 15:1-28 KJV NLT
Psalm 38:1-22 KJV NLT
Proverbs 21:28-29 KJV NLT

Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 21 & 22

Please forgive me my readers and blog followers , but I have been under the weather for the entire week. I have been reading but I was not able to get on the computer. So I decided on this Friday night I will back track and write until I am at the current date. Most of this week's comments will definitely about Job and I will be combining them.

Job 1:1-3:26
The Book of Job is very heavy reading. Job is seen by God as a a dutiful servant who would never curse him. He had wealth, a large family, a lot of property, and it pretty much seemed as if he was content in life . Now I guess it is around this time while I am reading that questions pop up. Here are the verses :
6 One day the members of the heavenly court[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan,[b] came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” 8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” 9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” 12 “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

Why was Satan allowed to go to Heaven and be in such close proximity with God?

How come there were having such a casual conversation and not something harsh?

Afterwards , many horrible things happened to Job that would have left any other man feeling helpless and cursing God. He lost his family, his wealth, his servants, and his herds of animals. He even got a debilitating disease, and yet he just want to know what did he do to cause God to be angry with him.

1 Corinthians 14:1-17 KJV NLT

Psalm 37:12-29
Passage Psalm 37:12-29:

12The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

18The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

Proverbs 21:25-26
Passage Proverbs 21:25-26:

25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
for their hands refuse to work.

26 Some people are always greedy for more,
but the godly love to give!