Daily Encouragement

August 31 – Are unicorns real?

August 31
Job 37:1-39:30
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10
Psalm 44:9-26
Proverbs 22:13

Job 37:5How great is our God?

Job 37:14 – Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God. I’ve seen the Planetarium Show at the Creation Museum many times but it is still amazing!

Job 37:23 – The technical term is “inscrutable.” Elihu is right, we will not be able to unscrute the inscrutable.

Job 38:3 – God speaks to Job – not explaining to him why he went thru the tragedies, but asking Job questions. Notice the questions God asks man? He asks Adam to explain his behavior (Genesis 3:9). Israel Wayne recently exposited the Questions God Asks.

Job 38:23 – God used hail as a weapon in the Exodus and in the Conquest of Canaan (Exodus 9:13-18, Joshua 10:10-11).

Job 38:37 – Clouds – the harmless puffs of water vapor – are one of the main reasons your favorite meteorologist can’t predict Friday’s weather. “Clouds and precipitation are among the more challenging weather parameters to forecast accurately.”

Job 39:9-10 – But I thought unicorns weren’t real? The problem isn’t Scripture, but the gradual deterioration of the English language. Eric Hovind points out that it is a transliteration from the Latin, but also originally (per Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) referring to animals such as the rhinoceros.

2 Corinthians 4:14 – We’ve just read in Job about our God’s amazing power. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead will raise us up from the dead as well!

2 Corinthians 5:10 – The most sobering doctrine in the Bible is the Bema Seat. We aren’t just on a 80-some year cruise boat voyage to do our own pleasures. We are working towards a reviewal of our performance. Chuck Missler dispels some myths about the Bema.

This judgment is often taught as simply an awards ceremony, but that is not entirely correct. It was the tribunal seat, the judicial bench, the judgment seat, or throne of the one in charge. Herod Agrippa I addressed the people of Tyre and Sidon from his Bema seat.[3] Jesus was brought before Pilate[4] and his Bema seat. Paul was accused before Proconsul Gallio;[5] and brought before Festus at Caesarea[6] facing a Bema seat. (A relic of one was found among the ruins in Corinth.)

Psalm 44:9 – The Psalmist must borrow from Job?

Psalm 44:23 – The proper response is not to dispute with God, but to continue to call upon the name of the LORD!

Proverbs 22:13 – When you need an excuse, any excuse will do!

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August 30 – Elihu continues his discourse

August 30
Job 34:1-36:33
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Psalm 44:1-8
Proverbs 22:10-12

Job 34:18 – Elihu tells Job – you wouldn’t accuse a king or a prince of being evil, but you’re accusing God who is far more just than any human king?

Job 35:2 – “The Book of Job does not answer the question ‘Why does God allow the righteous to suffer?’ but rather answers the question, ‘How should the righteous suffer?'” (Blue Letter Bible). You may be hurting, but don’t ever think you are more righteous than God. That is the pathway to atheism.

Job 36:3 – Elihu is continually begging permission to speak (Job 36:2), with a purpose not of attacking Job, or defending Job, but glorifying God.

Job 36:26 – While God does act in certain ways (Job 36:15), he is great and unsearchable.

2 Corinthians 4:1 – What is this ministry? Attacking the conscience (2 Corinthians 4:2) because the god of this world is blinding people to the light of the gospel! (2 Corinthians 4:4).

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 – Suffering for Jesus? Join the club that Paul was a charter member of!

Psalm 44:3 – Remember our discussion of Ezra? He was afraid the people would fall back into trusting swords, armies, and bows (Psalm 44:6). Thou hast saved us from our enemies! (Psalm 44:7).

Proverbs 22:10 – The Christian School principal’s go-to verse. Yes there are the students that you want to reach, but to keep the simple from following the scorner, you must separate the two, and that by removing the scorner from your classroom. It is not out of malice for the scorner, but out of love for the others.

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August 29 – Elihu reminds Job how he was saved

August 29
Job 31:1-33:33
2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Psalm 43:1-5
Proverbs 22:8-9

Job 31:1 – Job outlines the disciplines of a godly man. While we may want to dismiss it as just the posturing of a hurting individual, we must remember that this is the testimony of one who is perfect and upright, fearing God and eschewing evil. He’s worth imitating in my humble opinion.

Personal Purity

  • Guarding the eyes (Job 31:1)
  • Guarding the heart (Job 31:9)
  • Guarding the feet (Job 31:9)

Relational Responsibility

  • Relationship with employees (Job 31:13)
  • Relationship with the poor (Job 31:16)
  • Relationship with the widows (Job 31:16)
  • Relationship with the fatherless (Job 31:17)
  • Relationship with the wanters-of-clothing (Job 31:19)
  • Relationship with enemies (Job 31:29-30)
  • Relationship with strangers (Job 31:32)

Spiritual Fidelity

  • Trusting not in wealth (Job 31:24-25)
  • Following no other gods (Job 31:26-28)
  • Hiding not sin from God (Job 31:33)

Job 31:15 – Slavery and abortion are both addressed with one verse. God made both master and slave (or employer and employee) – so how can one of God’s creation mistreat another of God’s creation?

Job 31:26 – Is Job saying we can’t enjoy a sunrise? No – Job is addressing those who worship the sun (Ezekiel 8:16).

Job 32:1 – The Great Debate is over – but not yet. Elihu enters the ring taking on all four debaters (Job 32:2-3).

Job 32:19 – Many a loquacious man has felt like Elihu, but unfortunately few have the wisdom of Elihu.

Job 33:8 – Having begged for the right to be heard, Elihu now seeks to confirm that he heard Job right. He will then go to the cross-examination of Job.

Job 33:12 – Job is not just – not because he has sinned and is being punished, but because he is becoming bitter against God. But God is greater than man, and does not need to give account of himself (Job 33:13).

There is always a reason for every act of grace which God performs for man. He acts sovereignly, and therefore he is not bound to give any reason for his actions; but he always acts wisely, and therefore he has a reason for so acting. Writing to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul says that God “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” – Charles Spurgeon

Job 33:23-24 – The preacher steps forth, not spouting the conventional wisdom, but as one of a thousand, he is charged with a command from the gracious Lord – “Deliver the sinner from the pit – there is a ransom!” Like the ram in the thicket to be offered in the place of Isaac (Genesis 22:13), God has provided a ransom!

This is the only reason why any man shall be delivered from going clown to the pit, because God has found a ransom, There is no way of salvation but by the ransom; all who ever are saved are saved by the ransom; and if you, dear friend, would be saved, it must be by the ransom; and there is but one.
    Observe that the text says, “I have found a ransom.” This ransom is an invention of divine wisdom. I do not think it would ever have occurred to any mind but the mind of God himself to save sinners by the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ. The most astonishing novelty under heaven is the old, old story of the cross of Christ. That ever God should take upon himself the sin of his own creatures, that, in order to be able justly to forgive, God himself should bear the punishment which he must inflict for the creatures’ sin, this is something marvellous to the last degree. The rebel sins, and the King himself suffers the penalty for the rebellion. The offender commits the trespass, and the Judge bears the punishment. Such a plan was never heard of in human courts of law; or if it has ever been spoken of there, it was because, first of all, both the ears of him who heard it had been made to tingle while God revealed it out of his own heart. “I have found a ransom.” Nobody would have thought of that way of the deliverance of a sin ner from the pit of hell through a ransom if God had not thought of it. – Charles Spurgeon

Job 33:25 – Salvation transforms the life of one about to perish (Job 33:18). No longer in pain (Job 33:19), unable to enjoy life (Job 33:20), wasting away (Job 33:21), drawing near the grave (Job 33:22). Now his flesh is fresher than a child’s (Job 33:25 – that sounds like Naaman! 2 Kings 5:14), God’s favour is upon him (Job 33:26), and He has given man His righteousness! (Job 33:26).

Job 33:27 – The three friends thought Job wasn’t trying hard enough to be righteous. Job thought he had been trying hard enough to be righteous. Elihu says you forgot how you became righteous.

Job is being reminded of his conversion. Why was Job righteous in the sight of the LORD? Not because he was perfect, but because he admitted he was a sinner,  that is why God delivered him! (Job 33:28). Because Job trusted the Ransom (Job 33:24).

2 Corinthians 3:1 – Like Elihu, Paul begs for a hearing from his audience. But unlike Elihu, Paul is not the younger man here.

2 Corinthians 3:6 – What is the New Testament? The declaration of the ransom! Isn’t it glorious! (2 Corinthians 3:8)

2 Corinthians 3:14 – Yes it is sad that our dear Jewish friends can read the Old Testament (this is the only place in the Bible where this phrase occurs) and not see Jesus. It is amazing that we can see Jesus even in Job!

2 Corinthians 3:18 – Speaking of glory – we are being changed into the glory of the LORD by His Spirit!

Psalm 43:3 – May we be led by His truth and light unto His Holy Hill!

Proverbs 22:9 – God blesses those who give to the poor. Note he did not give his stale bread to the poor – today we often believe “Give of your worst to the Master” Any old thing will do!

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August 28 – Wisdom and Understanding

August 28
Job 28:1-30:31
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Psalm 42:1-11
Proverbs 22:7

Job 28:20-28 – The choral song “Wisdom and Understanding” is based on this passage.

Yes Job has much wisdom (and seems to be an inspiration for Solomon’s Proverbs).

Job 29:8-11 – Job seems to be proud of his former position of esteem. But why was he blessed?

Job 29:12-17 – Job followed God’s commands (Proverbs 21:13, Exodus 22:22-24).

Job 30:1 – Job is a master of wit.

Job 30:21 – Ah, Job’s sorrow is taking a wrong turn. He is accusing God of cruelty.

2 Corinthians 2:14 – Very rarely can we use absolute words like “always.” But God always causeth us to triumph in Christ! Sing along with the WILDS.

Psalm 42:1 – This verse has also been set to music.

Psalm 42:2 – Do we thirst for God? The Psalmist had hope in God (Psalm 42:5), while Job wanted to argue with the Almighty (Job 30:21).

Proverbs 22:7 – Morale of the story – debt is dangerous!

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August 27 – Praying with tears

August 27
Job 23:1-27:23
2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11
Psalm 41:1-13
Proverbs 22:5-6 

Job 23:1 – The Third Round of the Debate begins to finish – we’ll see Job’s Answer to Eliphaz in Job 23 & 24, Bildad’s Summation in Job 25, and the beginning of Job’s response in Job 26-27.

Job 23:3 – Job acknowledges that he cannot approach God but he still wants to present his case to Him.

Job 23:12 – This seems to echo Psalm 119 – Job was a devout follower of the LORD who esteemed the words of the LORD! Do we? How much time do we spend in His Word?

Job 24:24 – We have read a whole chapter on the nature of evil. Why doesn’t bad things happen to evil people? Because they are exalted just for “a little while.”

Job 25:4 – Bildad recognizes that God is great (Job 25:2), but he doesn’t recognize the possibility of knowing for sure that you can be justified with God. Too many people today believe in God. But they don’t believe that you can know for sure that you can have eternal life. They believe you can work, and get rewarded. Or you can not work, and get punished. But God’s grace is a mysterious thing to many.

Job 26:7 – Did God set the earth on pillars? (I Samuel 2:8). AiG explains

First Samuel 2:8 was spoken during a prayer by Hannah after she dedicated her son Samuel into the Lord’s service. Job spoke the other verse while talking with his friends about man’s weakness in light of God’s majestic power. This sort of poetic imagery (pillars, foundations, etc.) is commonly used in Scripture to describe how God upholds the world.

2 Corinthians 2:4 – Biblical discernment ministries ought to operate with tears, not sarcasm. Tears before the LORD is manly.

  • 2 Kings 20:5 – Hezekiah prayed with tears
  • Job 16:20 – Job prayed with tears
  • Psalm 39:12 – David prayed with tears
  • Jeremiah 31:16 – Jeremiah weeped with tears
  • Acts 20:31 – Paul warned with tears
  • 2 Timothy 1:4 – Timothy had tears

And Psalm 119:136 tells how David declared that “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.”

Psalm 41:1 – God will deliver not him that hath partiality to the rich, but to the poor! (James 2:1).

Proverbs 22:6 – I’ve been reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Living. Dr. Peterson grew up in the “Bible belt” of Canada, admits he turned away from Christianity, but later accepted the philosophy of it without accepting the Jesus of the Bible (pray for him!). Even as a skeptic, he had to admit that the Bible provides the best answers to the challenges of today. He writes an entire chapter of his book defending what God wrote in just one verse, because he says:

I see today’s parents as terrified by their children, not least because they have been deemed the proximal agents of this hypothetical social tyranny, and simultaneously denied credit for their role as benevolent and necessary agents of discipline, order and conventionality.