Friday, January 04, 2008

Day Four: Genesis 16-20, Job 19-24, Matthew 10-12

Time: 50:34
Key Points:
  • The biblical account of the patriarchs is unflinching. The Bible paints such a realistic picture of their great moments and their terrible moments that we can be challenged by them at one moment and disgusted by them the next - kind of like our own lives. And just like today, sexual misconduct brings many people down.
  • I am always challenged by the way Abraham talked with God so intimately - his fellowship with the Father is something we should all strive for.
  • The Job account today really challenged me. Job's discussion with his friends wrestles with some of the hardest questions of faith we have -- (1) how do we deal with unanswered prayer? (2) how do we deal with unhelpful friends who condemn us rather than comfort us during times of trial? (3) how do we deal with the injustice we see around us, the prosperity of the wicked and the suffering of the righteous? (4) how do we wait on God whenever our expectations are not met? -- these are huge issues and probably the reason Job has always been a celebrated book for our faith. We all ask these immensely personal questions at some point in our lives.
  • The Matthew narrative continues to challenge me to walk by faith, as faith continues to move the heart of Christ in all of these stories. Also, we see Jesus talking again about loving Him and pursuing Him above every other pursuit in our lives - what a challenge. In a world with so much to distract us, we were ultimately made to connect with God.


bryanw said...

It was amazing to visually see how similar life was during Abraham and Lot and what it is today...This passage alone reminds me how relevant the Bible is to today.

I found it interesting how Job noted that our reward wasn't on earth...he observed the success of sinners (which end with nothing) and the struggles of believers (which are repaid in Heaven).

It appeared to me that Jesus was struggling to tell people who he was...but they wouldn't listen. I wonder what God must have thought watching this transpire, oh how he must love us more then we can even understand, why else would he have not given up on us, I understand the covenent he set up in Genesis, but still I find it amazing that while we continue to repeat the same sins of our fathers that he continues to love us and lead us in the right direction...I personally would have been fed up by now, thank GOD that he isn't!!!

Hallam Fam News said...

Today's section took me about 90 minutes - give or take with my trip to take Kinsey to her nap.

I am so blown away by God's faithfulness - not necessarily *to* us, but to Himself - and sometimes *in spite* of us. He had a plan and despite Abram's immorality with Hagar God still promises to fulfil (and subsequently does fulfil) His plan.

When you consider my background with a church upbringing that promised good people wealth, success and a freedom from sickness and disease, it is really refreshing to hear Job wrestle with the same things that I've wrestled with over the years. His questioning of his friends about why in the world God would allow the wicked to be successful is a great response to their beleif that says Job must have done something to bring this on himself. We've wrestled so much with the question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people, but why does He allow good things to happen to bad people?

T Buss said...

I enjoyed reading Matthew 11:25. It is amazing to me how Children so easily see and enjoy the blessings God has given them, yet we as adults often gloss over and do not notice all of the many blessings God has given us....