Job 31-34

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Josh:  Job 31:23  “For disaster from God terrifies me, and because of His majesty I could not do these things.”  If I’m caught up in sin, I have failed to take into account God’s majesty and lack a healthy fear of my Heavenly Father. 

Lindsey:  Job 32:18 “For I am full of words, and my spirit compels me to speak.”  Just because your spirit compels you to say something does not mean you should? Something went wrong here.

What stood out to you from Psalms 19-24?

Job 27-30

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Josh:  Job 30:20  “I cry out to You for help, but You do not answer me; when I stand up, You merely look at me.”  God, the Great Teacher, is remaining absolutely silent as his top student, Job, is taking a test.  Tests can feel very lonely but in those times we have must trust what we know about God.

Lindsey:  Job 28:23-24 “But God understands the way to wisdom,and He knows its location. For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.” Who would have thought that wisdom had a location?

What stood out to you from Job 27-30?

Job 22-26

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Josh: Job 26:14   “These are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the word we hear of Him! Who can understand His mighty thunder?” Job had a proper understanding that we only see a glimpse of God’s plan. This truth helped him hold onto faith though he didn’t understand God’s ways at the time.

Lindsey: Job 26:12   “He quieted the sea with His power, And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.” (NASB)  It speaks remarkably of Job’s trust in God that he would believe in God’s character in this way. Rahab is a disturbing story and even if it is symbolic (like Job’s own story) it is still disturbing. Here, you realize Job not only continues to trust God with his own disturbing story, but also the hard-to-make-sense-of stories of the past.

What stood out to you from Job 22-26?

Job 18-21

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Josh: Job 19:25   “But I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last.”  Even though Job did not understand what God was doing, he was confident in who God was.

Lindsey: Job 19:4   “Even if it I have truly erred, my error lodges with me.” (NASB)  I wonder why this statement alone didn’t silence Job’s friends?

What stood out to you from Job 18-21?

Job 13-17

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Josh: Job 13:5   “If only you would shut up and let that be your wisdom!”  Stephen Covey said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  Looks like Stephen had read Job.  I have much wisdom to gain in this area.

Lindsey: Job 17:9   “Yet the righteous person will hold to his way, and the one whose hands are clean will grow stronger.”  #Goals

What stood out to you from Job 13-17?

Job 9-12

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Josh: Job 11:15   “then you will hold your head high, free from fault.
You will be firmly established and unafraid.”  Zophar thought that this was the certain future of one who prays, is free from iniquity, and keeps injustice at a distance.  But what he forgot is that sometimes God takes us through trials not as a punishment but rather to refine us.  

Lindsey: Job 11:16   “For you will forget your suffering, recalling it only as waters that have flowed by.”  I think this is a beautiful verse to pray after adversity because it reminds us that situations are fluid and “God is doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43:19).

What stood out to you from Job 9-12?

Job 5-8

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Josh:  Job 8:4   “Since your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to their rebellion.”  Bildad pretty much just told Job that when his 10 children died they got what they deserved.  Wow!  Just a reminder to me that speculating the mind of God when tragedy strikes can be a very dangerous and hurtful thing.

Lindsey:  Job 7:6  “My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope.”  Job kept his faith but perhaps lost some hope? Who could blame him?

What stood out to you from Job 5-8?

Job 1-4

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Josh: Job 1:20-21   “Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Praise the name of Yahweh.”  I don’t think I could say what Job said.  Losing 10 children, all your servants (who I’m guessing were treated like family), and losing your livelihood.  His faith was strong BEFORE he went through this.  I need to spend some time thinking differently about my possessions, my family, and about sovereignty of God.

Lindsey: Job 1:5   “Whenever a round of banqueting was over, Job would send for his children and purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for all of them. For Job thought: Perhaps my children have sinned, having cursed God in their hearts. This was Job’s regular practice.”  The last sentence really strikes me as thought provoking. If this was written about me, what would be my “regular practice”?

What stood out to you from Job 1-4?

Esther 5-10

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Josh: Esther 5:13   “Still, none of this satisfies me since I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King’s Gate all the time.”  Mordecai had just boasted about his glorious wealth, his many sons, the honor and rank he had in the kingdom, and his special invite to the banquet… but yet he said “none of this satisfies me”.  A reminder that God is the only one who will satisfy us.  Haman chose what the world offered and it killed him.

Lindsey: Esther 5:14   “His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, ‘Have them build a gallows 75 feet high. Ask the king in the morning to hang Mordecai on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.’ The advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows constructed.”  A reminder how much influence a wife has on her husband, for good or for evil.

What stood out to you from Esther 5-10?

Esther 1-4

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Josh: Esther 1:4   “He displayed the glorious wealth of his kingdom and the magnificent splendor of his greatness for a total of 180 days.”  There is another verse that says “Pride comes before destruction,
and an arrogant spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18).  All of this craziness started when the king sought glory for himself.   I believe he really did love Queen Vashti but because of his pride and arrogance, she was taken away from him.  

Lindsey: Esther 4:4a   “Esther’s female servants and her eunuchs came and reported the news to her, and the queen was overcome with fear.”   In Esther 4:4 she was “overcome with fear” but by 4:16 she said, “If I perish, I perish.”  Mordecai’s words changed her ultimate response from one of trepidation to courage.

What stood out to you from Esther 1-4?