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Archive for January, 2008

Job 40:6-42:17

The Lord again answers Job by asking if Job can control the chaos and disorder around him; can Job control God’s creation and creatures?  Job repents by saying that he cannot be in control, but even in life’s worst tragedy God is still in control.  The Lord forgives Jobs friends for speaking wrongly of God.  Finally, the Lord blesses Job and he lives a long good life.

In times of tragedy we need to recognize that we are not in control; in fact, we are completely out of control.  Only God is in control and God is in complete control.  Bad things happen in life, but God is always there with a shoulder we can lean on.  We can trust in God because God is ultimately in control.

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Job 38:1-40:5

Finally, God speaks to everything that has been said. The Lord asks, “who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?” Ultimately Job responds by saying, “I am nothing — how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.” (more…)

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Job 35:1-37:24

Elihu continues by telling Job that God is not affected by Job’s sins or by Job’s goodness. Rather God uses adversity to get peoples attention and show that he cares. Elihu tells Job that God sent job this suffering to prevent Job from sinning further. Elihu continues his somewhat garbled comments by saying that God is all powerful so Job cannot hope to understand God. Elihu concludes by saying, “people who are truly wise show [God] reverence. (more…)

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Monday Night Sports

Basketball

My Jayhawks are halfway to 40-0. (more…)

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Job 32:1-34:37

A fourth friend of Job now speaks up. Elihu had waited for his elders to speak, but he was now angered at both Job’s refusal to admit he had sinned and the three other friends inability to answer Job’s argument. Elihu believes that God is constantly interacting with people on earth; he believes that God is punishing, blessing, warning, causing illness, and bringing about healing. Therefore, Elihu concludes, we can know a persons standing before God by their condition on earth.

Elihu then asks, “Has there ever been a man as arrogant as Job, with his thirst for irreverent talk? He seeks the companionship of evil people. He spends his time with wicked men. He has even said, ‘Why waste time trying to please God?'” Elihu assumes that since Job is suffering he must be sinning, and so Job needs to ask God what sin he has committed. (more…)

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I apologize for late posts, we were five for five on being sick this weekend.

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Job 30:1-31:40

Job concludes his lament by asking why he has to be mocked by young fools.  Is it not enough that he feels separated from God? Job then concludes by affirming that he has worshiped God alone and that he has worked to do God’s will on this earth. (more…)

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