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The Book of Job - Part 2

Commentaries explaining God's control, human suffering, and the relationship between the two.

Chapters 11-21

Friendly Fire

The Bible teaches that God’s people are to refrain from judging. This means that God’s people are to refrain from doing God’s job as Judge. This requires us to abstain from trying to figure out the motives of people. We are not to try and look into the intents of the heart. We are not to become examiners of other people’s...

February 28, 2019

26

Job 11:1-6

Incomprehensible

The Bible is a tricky source of information. It is God’s Word – plain and simple. In it, is the revelation of God. God makes Himself known through the Word He declared. He used His Spirit to take control of certain men throughout history to pen things about Himself that help us to understand God’s identity, purposes, and...

March 1, 2019

27

Job 11:7-12

Gaining Hope Through Suffering

When Jesus spoke to His disciples, He made an incredible promise concerning the burdens of this life. Though Jesus calls for those who believe in Him as the Son of God and Messiah to deny self, pick up the cross, and follow Him, He doesn’t expect His people to perform works of spiritual superiority to impress Him or others. He...

March 4, 2019

28

Job 11:13-20

Looks Can Be Deceiving

The eyes can play tricks on the mind. It is easy to see things that aren’t really there. It is easy to feel things that aren’t really true. It is easy to think things with confidence, but be totally wrong. This is true of many things, but especially concerning the will and purposes of God. While the scriptures clearly outline God’s work to reveal His...

March 5, 2019

29

Job 12:1-12

Proving God Right...

The superiority of God is hard to understand, but easy to validate. There are claims in scripture that seem outrageous, and since God is transcendent, it’s our job to try and understand the outrageous as true. Still, as outrageous as some of the claims of the Bible seem concerning the extent of God’s power, wisdom, and mercy...

March 6, 2019

30

Job 12:13-25

Dangers In Counseling

Presumptuousness is a terrible thing. The Bible commands against it and discourages God’s people from thinking this way and speaking this way. The scriptures repeatedly explain that, as people, we are severely limited in knowledge. Wisdom alone comes from God, and unless God is providing wisdom according to His

March 7, 2019

31

Job 13:1-12

Having Confidence In God

The Bible teaches that the quality of faith that God’s people should have is not something that can be conjured up from within. Many people mistakenly feel that Biblical faith is something that we summon up from within. This is not what the Bible teaches. The Apostle Paul plainly wrote that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by...

March 8, 2019

32

Job 13:13-19

Why Does God Feel Distant?

The Bible teaches that the emphasis of God’s promises is eternal. Consider one of the most famous verses in all of the Bible, John 3:16. There the Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” The aim of God is to provide...

March 11, 2019

33

Job 13:20-28

Fundamental Truths Of Life We All Must Deal With...

There are some who say that life is short. There are others who contend that life is the longest thing we’ll ever do. The truth of this matter must be examined through the lens of the truth concerning eternal life. Compared to the fate that all souls will experience, life is short. Life on this earth is not the longest thing we will ever do...

March 12, 2019

34

Job 14:1-6

Coping With Death

The Bible teaches that it is appointed for a person to die once, and then the judgment. History proves this concept as true. History shows that everyone dies. It is a gross reality of life. The manner in which a person dies or the time in which a person dies is hardly the issue. The issue is how we leverage this life to prepare for death...

March 13, 2019

35

Job 14:7-14

God's Relationship To Suffering And Death

Death is such an extreme subject that it can have a severe effect on how we perceive God. It is not just death that can have influence on our perception of God, but also the manner in which it comes. Many people feel that God is unjust to allow death, and also to allow it to come in the manner that it so frequently does – suddenly...

March 14, 2019

36

Job 14:15-22

Assumptions

As children of God it is important to remember the limitations that we continue to possess even as heirs of His eternally unconditional promises. Our justification and forgiveness of sins doesn’t make us righteous in this life. Our possession of the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that we become like God, having His wisdom, His power, and...

March 15, 2019

37

Job 15:1-13

The Suffering Of The Wicked

The Bible is quite candid about the consequences of denying the Lord. The Book of Romans begins by explaining that God will reveal His wrath against the unrighteous and ungodly. Those who deny the Lord and the grace He offers through the forgiveness of sins according to the Gospel, will suffer eternal consequences...

March 18, 2019

38

Job 15:14-35

Skewed Perspective

The Bible shows that things aren’t always as they seem. Our vision of reality is skewed and limited. Sin corrupts truth from the eyes of all people. Our carnal eyes have no way of seeing that which is taking place in the spiritual realm. This means that we are not privy to more than half of the information required to know what God...

March 19, 2019

39

Job 16:1-22

Hope For The Future

The Bible teaches that the providence of God is able to turn that which seems to be grieving, into something amazing. God’s planning is incomprehensive in this way. He has every detail of every individual life worked out from beginning to end. He is able to fit all people together in ways so as to reveal His attributes and character...

March 20, 2019

40

Job 17:1-9

Dealing With Death

The Bible confirms that which history has taught mankind since the beginning – life is hard! Life on this planet brings a whirlwind of hardships and challenges. No matter where a person might live, and the type of background a person might have, life is filled with trials and difficulties of various kinds and various magnitudes...

March 21, 2019

41

Job 17:10-16

Jumping To Conclusions

The Bible teaches that no one is righteous in the eyes of God. When God examines our natural condition, that is, the condition we were born with, He doesn’t like what He sees. The Bible explains that all people are conceived as sinners so that by the time we are born, God sees dead and corrupted souls that fall far short of...

March 22, 2019

42

Job 18:1-21

Giving Good Advice

When speaking to people around us to try and encourage, help, or build them up, it is important to pay attention to the effect that our words have on them. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that the words we speak that we hope will produce a profit, are the words of God. We need to make sure that our words...

March 25, 2019

43

Job 19:1-6

How To Respond To God's Control

The sovereignty of God is perhaps one of the most difficult things about God to accept and digest. When people think of God’s sovereignty, it is not uncommon for people to consider some negative connotations. When people think about God’s supreme control over ALL facets of life in heaven and on earth, many people...

March 26, 2019

44

Job 19:7-12

Where To Find Help In Time Of Need

The Bible teaches the people of God to trust in the Lord and Him alone. The Bible describes God as our Redeemer. The Bible describes God as our Provider. The Bible describes God as our Protector. The Bible describes God as our Comforter. The Bible describes God as our Helper. The Bible describes God as our Rock...

March 27, 2019

45

Job 19:13-22

The Assurance Of Eternity

It is amazing to see how the Word of God accounts for all things. The Bible deals with all subject matter and all circumstances that are important to the development of our relationship with God. When we read the Bible and see these things, it really becomes a marvel to recognize the extent of God’s wisdom. How does He know all this...

March 28, 2019

46

Job 19:23-29

Leaning On Our Own Understanding

The Bible might be written in plain English for our understanding, but the Bible itself claims to be a supernatural work. It is the Word of God. The scriptures are the holy proclamations of God concerning things about Himself. Though the contents of the Bible appear to be simple narratives, historical testimonies, wise sayings, and other...

March 29, 2019

47

Job 20:1-11

Self-Sufficiency

The world that we live in passionately promotes the idea of self-sufficiency. The philosophies of human reason encourage people to love themselves, build themselves up, work hard to get what they want, and if they have strong resolve and diligence, can achieve anything. All of these ideas are contrary to the teachings of the Bible...

April 1, 2019

48

Job 20:12-29

The Prosperity Of The Wicked

The Bible teaches that God is impartial and doesn’t play favorites in any way, shape, or form. God is not a respecter of persons. This makes His work and purposes really hard to understand! The scriptures state that God brings rain on the just and the unjust. Traditionally people have interpreted this concept two ways: God...

April 2, 2019

49

Job 21:1-16

God's Dealings With The Wicked

Though it may seem as if the evil and wicked people in the world are getting a long-standing free pass, the Bible emphatically teaches that God will judge. The Bible speaks of God’s judgment as coming “soon,” and it is this time reference that makes things difficult to understand concerning God’s work. Many evil people have...

April 3, 2019

50

Job 21:17-21

The Most High God

The Bible teaches that it is appointed for a person to die once, and then the judgment. This is a fundamental principle for all people as explained by Hebrews 9:27. Human history has proved the Bible right in this regard. Human history confirms that all people die. No one refutes this claim. Everyone understands that it is only a...

April 4, 2019

51

Job 21:22-34

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