Category: Bible Reading Challenge

so we come to a strange place in Job. The magical appearance of someone else. Really not magical… but Elihu isn’t mentioned earlier in the text. His speech shows up and we’ll find out later he just disappears. Elihu as we see is different than Job’s friends… the question is what is his view? Is it better? We see he is younger…and he has respect for those who are older. He is upset with Job’s friends for their response! He’s got lots to say and he claims he would never…

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So Job 29 is in many ways the start of a summary of Job’s experience with his friends and with God.  The start of the chapter reminds us of the blessings Job had.  He had a good life – with richness and blessings in family and reputation.  As we read the chapter we see Job’s integrity was more than avoiding sin, but was active in caring for those around him who were in need.  He was a man who stood out among the world.  Perhaps his friends then were happy…

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So I’m curious? are you sick of Job yet?  Are you sick of the complaining, lamenting, bickering between friends?  Our world is so inundated with information that we like snippets of facts – not long drawn out readings.  Twitter limits you to 140 characters to share thoughts – Job is much more extensive and repetitive than that.  Job is from a time where details are shared in communicating information – it’s not about the quantity of information you consume, but the quality of information.  Job is providing quality information and…

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In Job 21 we come across another speech by Job -this one responding to Zophar’s comments…. Verse 2 is a reminder to us that when someone is suffering – sometimes the best thing we can do is listen to them…to pay attention to them. Verse 4 of Job 21 is Job recognizing the reality of our world – the effects of sin on our world means that at times the most wicked seem to prosper while those who are righteous suffer.  This is a more realistic view than his friends.…

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So in doing this blogging I’ve noticed my posts are longer than I first planned.  I was initially thinking a paragraph a day and it’s becoming more than that – for good or bad! 🙂   Please excuse bad grammer/typos – to save time I’m not doing a thorough proof reading each day!  Again if you have comments/questions please feel free to post them, or message me directly. as we jump into Job 17  what stands out to me is what Job pleads to God about.  We talk about his…

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As you read through Job, if you have a chance go see Les Miserables in the theatre.  Les Mis is my favourite musical – I remember my parents making sure I had the chance to see it when it came through Canada the first time.  The story line in Les Mis has many themes…. but some of those themes echo the story of Job.  Questions of righteousness and suffering, sin and punishment.   One of the questions we need to wrestle with is who are we in this story of…

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So when I hit chapter 10 in Job… I’m torn – part of me feels like Job is a bit overly dramatic.  The other part recognizes an honesty and expression of feeling our culture won’t accept.  His self-awareness is huge, is ability to express himself is vivid and filled with imagery.   The best way to read Job is as if it was an honest rant – no expectations on what he should say – he just says it.  You can see his frustration with his situation, his desperation, and his…

Bible Reading Challenge

I’ve had a number of messages/feedback that aren’t in the comments on here. Feel free to connect with me personally on facebook (www.facebook.com/mengbers) or twitter (@mengbers) or by email at mike@fbcpa.net if you’d rather ask a question that way. Again the thoughts here are intial reactions to the text.  When I’ve read over the previous day reflections I often find things that I disagree with, question, etc.  To me I find this valuable personally as journalling about my readings forces me to reflect more on the scripture.  So if you’re reading…

Bible Reading Challenge

So today’s reading might be a surprise for you – after all we were just in Genesis, but today’s readings are in Job.  Job is considered one of the oldest books in scripture.  Some consider it the oldest, and others even suggest it was written prior to the flood.  Now we don’t know the details – but quite a few people suggest that the events were taking place 100 years before the Exodus, and that it is the oldest written book.    So nonetheless, where it fits chronologically is earlier than…

Bible Reading Challenge

So Day 3 here… I’ll be blogging tomorrow, and might take the weekend off and start up on Monday again. We’ll see! Here are some thoughts from today’s scripture. As you read Genesis 8 think back to the story of creation – of water receding, plants coming, etc. This story of the flood results in a ‘re-creation’. Even post flood in Genesis 9 the idea of being fruitful and multiply. The language of being stewards of creation changes. We’re told that they animals are placed in Noah’s power. That they…

Bible Reading Challenge