Job 1-3

Beginning to read the book of Job was not necessarily a heart warming moment. The book describes some horrible tragedies that can be painful to read through. Nevertheless, I’ve been working my way through the Bible in one year using Read Scripture’s reading plan.

Fortunately, this first three chapters captured my imagination and were a joy to read through as I saw things in the text that I personally had never seen.

Job 1

  • vs 1 & 8 – Job’s incredible Twitter length testimony “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (vs 1, 8)
  • vs 5 – Job “rises early” to sacrifice and pray on behalf of his children “continually”
    • Insert conviction—am I praying for my children continually every morning
  • vs 10 – Satan challenges God by suggesting that Job’s loyalty stems from his possessions
  • vs 14, 17 – Satan is able conduct his authority through the Sabeans/Chaldeans who raid Job’s family (war)
  • vs 16, 19 – Satan is able to conduct his authority through the weather “fire of God fell from heaven” and “a great wind came across the wilderness” (weather)
  • vs 20-22 – Job worshiped – Job’s response was worship, because he was so prone to worship.
    • Insert conviction—am I prone to worship…when that which is good or bad occurs am I prone to worship?

Job 2

  • vs 4 – Satan challenges God again suggesting that Job’s loyalty stems from his good health
  • vs 7 – Satan is able to conduct his authority through Job’s health (health)
  • vs 9 – Job’s devout integrity to God creates marital strife
    • Satan can use miserable suffering to attempt to stymie our relationship with each other and with God
  • vs 11-13 – friendship is present to sympathizes, comforts, and say nothing

Job 3

  • vs 13-19 – A description of the grave
    • All sleep in the grave (kings, counselors, princes, masters, slaves, stillborn children, etc.)
    • “the wicked cease”
    • “the weary rest”
    • “the prisoners are at ease”
    • “small and great are there”

The reading this morning caught me by surprise, since I was not expecting much. However, Job’s testimony is both mesmerizing, thought provoking, and convicting simultaneously. Job’s willingness to live upright and his ability to defy evil stems from worship and devotion to God. I was also surprised by Satan’s authority to use violence, weather, and health to disrupt Job’s loyalty to God. I’ve read Job numerous times, but failed to recognize Satan’s authority to use these items to interrupt one’s worship of God.

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Habakkuk

An oracle of a prophet desperate for God’s deliverance from utter destruction.

1:1-4

  • The prophet feels hopeless, because God seems to do nothing about iniquity and wrongdoing
    • destruction
    • violence
    • strife
    • contention
  • “So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.”
    • What an intriguing verse–the law was paralyzed (ineffective), because justice failed to exist.

1:11

  • What type of culture is the law stale and ineffective? A culture “who own might is their god!”

3:18-19

  • Rejoice in the LORD
    • the God of my salvation
    • God who is my strength
    • God who
      • “makes my feet like the deer’s”
      • “makes me tread on my high places”

Ultimately, salvation rests in LORD, the God of my salvation. Injustice and lawlessness may be “paralyzed,” but my deliverance is in Christ.

Nahum

The prophesy of an expansive powerful city, Nineveh, that is spiraling out of control into  destruction, because of God’s justice.

Here were a few key verses that caught my attention as I read.

Nahum 1:2-3

  • YHWH is jealous, avenging, and full of wrath for his enemies
  • YHWH is slow to anger and great in power

The verses seem contradictory, but it makes you ponder what must it take to stir up God’s anger if he is slow to it?

Nahm 1:7

  • “YHWH is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.”

Nahum 1:15

  • “Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!”

Nahum 2:2

  • Why is this happening to Nineveh? “YHWH is restoring the majesty of Jacob”

Nahum 3:1-4

  • Why is this happening to Nineveh?
    • full of lies
    • murder
    • countless whorings of the prostitute

Nahum 3:19

  • Applause from Nineveh’s enemies “There is no easing your hurt; your wound is grievous. All who hea the news about you clap their hands over you. For upon whom has not come your unceasing evil?

I just read Jonah a few days ago for my devotions and God was rescuing Nineveh, but now in Nahum God promises utter destruction to Nineveh.