Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Bible Challenge: Day 183

The scriptures read are Job 10-12, Psalm 149 and 2 Corinthians 8.

Job 10. Job prays and asks God what charges are laid out against him. He knows he's innocent, molded as he was from before birth by God. Innocent or not, Job feels doomed. He would like just a little happiness before he dies.

Job 11. Zophar tells Job that despite what he says he is lucky that he is only getting half of what he probably deserves.Turn to God and everything can be fixed!

Job 12. Job responds with a bit of sarcasm to Zophar. Then he says all power comes from God and God can do what he wills, undoing the power and lives of men if he so decrees.

Psalm 149. This starts out a typical "praise God' psalm and turns rather vengeful at the end, a bit reminiscent of the massacre in Esther.

2 Corinthians 8. Paul discovers something still true today: poorer churches are proportionately more generous than rich ones. The poor churches in Macedonia have started this donation drive for poor Christians and Paul is sending Titus and another trustworthy Christian to ask the church at Corinth to do their part. Notice that Paul is not promising prayer blankets or material blessings or other gimmicks to those who give.

We are halfway through reading the Bible in a year! You've finished 24 books (25 when you finish the psalms tomorrow). Keep it up!

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