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God Speaks Through Weather

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 29  “God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend” (Job 37:5). Elihu makes his final point to his description on how God speaks. God speaks through inclement weather. He offers two main points: God uses inclement weather conditions to command […]

Theology That “Stands By Your Side”

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 28  Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ anger toward the children’s praise of the Messiah and quoted from the Old Testament, “Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:16). Elihu is the “babe” among Job’s friends.  […]

Faith or Faithfulness?

Job’s acceptance before God had to be by faith in substitutionary atonement, not his personal faithfulness to an ideal. The advent of suffering revealed that, though Job’s relationship with God began as a faith-based substitutionary atonement (1:5; 8), over time he switched to a works-based sanctification. God used suffering to bring him back to faith-based […]

Suffering’s Cushion

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2012), January 23 You’ve been around people whose very presence reek of positional and religious snobbery. Me too. Sometimes I’ve been that person—the one who assumes that others’ particular sufferings are the result of some deficiency on their part. The statements I make and the questions I ask […]

Revelation Trumps Reason and Tradition

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 21  Bildad interprets Job’s suffering through tradition: “For inquire, please, of the former age, and consider the things discovered by their fathers; for we were born yesterday, and know nothing” (Job 8:8-9). Therefore, he challenges Job, saying that God does not “pervert justice” (8:3) and that […]