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Job 16:1-19:29 ~ 1 Corinthians 16:1-24 ~ Psalm 40:1-10 ~ Proverbs 22:1
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Old Testament – “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives!” Whoo-hoo! Awesome words from Job today in chapter 19 verse 25!
Job chapter 19 verses 23 through 27 are some of the best known and well loved verses of the book of Job. These verses seem to be where Job hits his high point in his understanding of his relationship with God: “Oh, that my words could be written. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock. “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” How powerful are these verses?? Great stuff. Job starts off saying that he hopes his words could be written and engraved forever – and indeed they were as we are reading them in the Bible! Then Job makes the incredible statement that even in the midst of all of his suffering and perceived distance from God, he knows that God lives! The closing two verses are powerful in that they actually indicated a belief in the resurrection by Job. He says that even after his body has decayed – after his death here on this earth – he will see God with his own eyes in his own body! How could this possibly be? Well, only if he believed in a resurrected body after death – as we’ve been reading about in First Corinthians chapter 15 the past couple of days! I’ve read some various commentaries on who is the “Redeemer” that Job is referring to in verse 25. Jesus? I found this great artwork below that was painted based on the chapter of Job 19. Re-read the entire chapter of Job 19 again and I think you’ll see the beauty of this artwork…
New Testament – We wrap up Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians today! What an amazing book! I have been blessed immensely by it this year. I hope you have too? I like Paul’s instructions to the church in Corinth in chapter 16 verses 1 through 3 today: “Now about the money being collected for the Christians in Jerusalem: You should follow the same procedures I gave to the churches in Galatia. On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once.” I love this last sentence! It made me smile. Paul knows how us humans are – back then and now – we like to procrastinate! We like to do things at the last minute if we can. Well, I concur with Paul that our giving to our churches should be a regular thing. With each pay check we should “put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned.” Really, as I think about it, giving of money to our churches with each paycheck is an act of worship. We are worshiping God with our finances. Let us not wait to give to our churches. Let us give faithfully and regularly with each paycheck God blesses us with!
Below is a great image and message from First Corinthians 16:14 –
Psalms – Psalm 40 starts off in verse 1 with a beautiful reflection on David “waiting patiently for the Lord” about his prayer, and in turn God “heard his cry.” David then goes forward in the Psalm rejoicing in the Lord and culminating in this powerful statement in verse 8: “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
Proverbs – We have a beautiful Proverb verse 1 to start off the 22nd Chapter of Proverbs! “Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)
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