Job Promises Silence

God seems to be letting Job know or ask Job, can you do these things, I have done.  If so, then you can take my place.  But it was I, God who create the animals of the earth .

Job 40 (ESV)

40 And the Lord said to Job:
“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?|He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job Promises Silence

Then Job answered the Lord and said:
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.”

The Lord Challenges Job

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

“Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
Will you even put me in the wrong?
Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
14  Then will I also acknowledge to you
that your own right hand can save you.
15  “Behold, Behemoth,
which I made as I made you;
he eats grass like an ox.
19  “He is the first of the works of God;
let him who made him bring near his sword!
20  For the mountains yield food for him
where all the wild beasts play.
23  Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened;
he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.
24  Can one take him by his eyes,
or pierce his nose with a snare?

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Where does Wisdom Come From?

Job 39 has not title, so sub title, it seemed like it was just a continuation of chapter 38.  But, chapter 38 was about how God had control over the earthly things, like the clouds, rain, sea, lightening and of course more.  Chapter 39 seems to be a description of how does the animals of the earth have their knowledge and understanding.  Look at the verses Jo 39:22-23, these are descriptions of a war horse, how the war hourse stans strong.  I love how God describes th Ostrich – and the lack of good mothering it seems to have, it does not have wisom and understanding – lie we do.


Job 39

Job 39:13–17 (ESV)

13  “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,

but are they the pinions and plumage of love?

14  For she leaves her eggs to the earth

and lets them be warmed on the ground,

15  forgetting that a foot may crush them

and that the wild beast may trample them.

16  She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;

though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,

17  because God has made her forget wisdom

and given her no share in understanding.

Job 39:22–23 (ESV)

22  He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;

he does not turn back from the sword.

23  Upon him rattle the quiver,

the flashing spear, and the javelin.

Job 39:26 (ESV)

26  “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars

and spreads his wings toward the south?

Job 39:27 (ESV)

27  Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up

and makes his nest on high?

The Lord Answers Job

I did not have as much to write down in the following 4 chapters as possibly in previous chapters.  I am not sure if the learning about Job being poetry or not has effected how I read Job, regardless, I have enjoyed reading the chapters even ore since I learned this.  I made sure I read sentence to sentence.  I also noticed there were extra spacing between topics.  I now stop at the end of each sentence and each section and make sure I relate what I am reading to the topic of the section.

These last 4 chapters were the most fun to read.  I am planning on rereading Job again to see if my new insight carries over and I can personally have a deeper appreciation and understanding of what is written in this great piece of literature and poetry.

Job 38:1–5 (ESV)

The Lord Answers Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:12–13 (ESV)

12  “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13  that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?

Job 38:18 (ESV)

18  Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.

Job 38:28–30 (ESV)

28  “Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29  From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30  The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.

Job 38:33 (ESV)

33  Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?

Job 38:35 (ESV)

35  Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?

 

The Blessings of Wisdom

Proverbs 8


 

When I read this Proverb, some of the verses made no sense to me.  It occurred to me, this is not a person’s perspetive being written, it is the perception of wisdom.  Keep that in mind while reading and see if it makes more sense to you.

Proverbs 8:1–4 (ESV)

1 Does not wisdom call?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
On the heights beside the way,
at the crossroads she takes her stand;
beside the gates in front of the town,
at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:
“To you, O men, I call,
and my cry is to the children of man. <– This is wisdom calling to us.

Proverbs 8:10–11 (ESV)

10  Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
11  for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Proverbs 8:13 (ESV)

13  The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 8:17 (ESV)

17  I love those who love me,]
and those who seek me diligently find me. [I thought this was Go talking and he loved                                                                                       us first, but it is wisdome, he loves those                                                                                          that love wisdom]

Proverbs 8:22 (ESV)

22  “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.

Proverbs 8:33–36 (ESV)

33  Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34  Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35  For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord,
36  but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”

Do Not Forsake me, O LORD

Psalm 38


Psalm 38:1–4 (ESV)

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath!
For your arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand has come down on me.
There is no soundness in my flesh
because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
because of my sin.
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

Psalm 38:11 (ESV)

11  My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
and my nearest kin stand far off.

Psalm 38:15 (ESV)

15  But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

Psalm 38:18 (ESV)

18  I confess my iniquity;
I am sorry for my sin.

Psalm 38:20 (ESV)

20  Those who render me evil for good
accuse me because I follow after good.

Psalm 38:22 (ESV)

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

Warning Against the Adultress

Proverbs 7


Proverbs 7:1–5 (ESV)

Warning Against the Adulteress

My son, keep my words

and treasure up my commandments with you;

keep my commandments and live;

keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;

bind them on your fingers;

write them on the tablet of your heart.

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”

and call insight your intimate friend,

to keep you from the forbidden woman,

from the adulteress with her smooth words.

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

Psalm 37


I really enjoy reading Psalm and Proverbs to start my day, great quick verses of good thinking and wisdom and reminders.  Not every day do they hit all my cylinders, but today Psalm 37 did.  Today, the devil was getting to me, my anxiety went way up and my patience waiting for the Lord went almost to zero, then I read Psalm 37 and all of a sudden, I was ok again.

The theme of Psalm 37 was “He Will Not Forsake His Saints”, my first question, is who are his saints, am I one.  Is a saint like a disciple, is it one who believes him, who want to be a vessel to help Him carryout his Kingdom Come on Earth as it is in Heaven?  I truly hope so, because that is how I interpreted the word saints.

Wait, before you go, I have to tell you how Psalm 37 hit all cylinders today.  I guess I was/am feeling a bit more down than other days. I decided to write in my journal about how I was feeling.  I state that it seemed as though I could not make the right decision.  My decisions are always made with the right and best intentions, but it seems like I always misread something and even though, cannot go back and change my decision.  I was asking God about this, I was afraid I would not understand his directions to me, I would again make the wrong decision and keep me into his illustrious spot I have found myself by not following God’s directives.

Then it hit me, why was I making any decisions at all?  And doesn’t God know I’ve been trying to make the decisions about the course of my life, my situation is someplace he knew I would go/be.  So, here I am getting in the way of God’s plan afraid to make a decision I need not to worry about, I’ve put that into God’s hands – again.

Well, in Psalm 37 it just reminded me several times to put my trust in Him and reminded me to be still, and not to fret about the success of others while I wait, for God Will Not Forsake His Saints.  I found the words comforting, I hope you do to.

Psalm 37:1–5 (ESV)

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.

Psalm 37:7-8 (ESV)

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

Psalm 37:12–15 (ESV)

12  The wicked plots against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him,
13  but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his day is coming.
14  The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose way is upright;
15  their sword shall enter their own heart,
and their bows shall be broken.

Psalm 37:23 (ESV)

23  The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
when he delights in his way;

Psalm 37:25 (ESV)

25  I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.

Psalm 37:30 (ESV)

30  The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.

Psalm 37:34 (ESV)

34  Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
you will look on when the wicked are cut off.