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Daily Reflections February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Job 20 Zophar has a slightly more nuanced form of proverbial wisdom than his friend Bildad.  Bildad is a very blunt, very black and white character: “Bad things happen to bad people.  Bad things happened to you.  Therefore you are bad people.”  Zophar takes a slightly longer term view.  Zophar’s argument is that over the course of a human life things will generally settle out as they should.  A person may start off experiencing blessings and health and prosperity,...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 16/17 Job’s friends have been less than helpful. Actually, they have made the situation worse and Job tells them that they are “miserable comforters”. The friends were said in 2:11 to come in order to bring sympathy and comfort but their long arguments have violated those very intentions. Job seems to think that they have not adequately empathized with him and his condition. He says, “I also could speak as you do, if you were in my place” (Job 16:4). It is easy to make a fine speech...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 14 Job continues his lament, but there is a glimmer of gospel hope to be found in today’s text. A helpful analogy was once shared with me that helped me to understand the unfolding revelation in Scripture. This analogy compared the Bible to the test that is performed at the optometrist’s office. There is a common examination wherein the optometrist uses a machine to put a variety of lenses before your field of view. The first lens leaves the letters on the wall blurry and illegible, but as...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Job 12 It is hard to hold on to your theology when your world is falling apart. Crisis puts our orthodoxy to the test. It is a fine thing to believe in the Sovereignty and goodness of God on a bright and sunny day, but what about on the day after your 10 children die in a natural disaster? What do you believe on that day?  When Job heard the news that his children had all been killed in a great windstorm, the Bible says: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 9  Bildad has made his case against Job: he has sinned and needs to repent. At the end he bases this on the premise, “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers” (Job 8:20). And although Job denies that this adequately explains God’s particular dealings with him, he agrees that God is in fact holy. He knows that against his ignorance, weakness, and imperfection the perfect wisdom and absolute strength of God would be no match. When anyone recognizes...Continue Reading

Why Haven't The Jews Embraced Their Messiah?

February 08, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Today in our RMM readings we encountered the difficult matter of the Jewish rejection of Jesus Christ. Paul is very troubled by this reality and it is a cause of concern for Christian people even to this day. So why is it that the people to whom these promises were originally given and with whom God had been so patient and gracious over the years should seem to find themselves on the outside looking in?   Paul recognizes the challenge that this strange state of affaires presents to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 8, 2017

February 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 7 At times it is almost uncomfortable to watch as Job lays his heart bare before his friends and ultimately before God. The grief he feels is not a shallow grief. Job has lost almost everything that he could possibly lose. His pain is real and intense so he tells God and his counsellors: “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” (Job 7:11 ESV) Being true to his word, Job carries on with unrestrained...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 6, 2017

February 06, 2017 By: Paul Carter

Job 5 Job 5 continues the speech of Eliphaz.  Job’s counsellors say many true things - they simply do not apply in Job’s case.  Eliphaz has a simplistic view of the world that does not seem to account for the sinfulness of sin or the Sovereignty of God.  He sounds like a religious fortune cookie and he speaks in proverbs and platitudes.  He is absolutely convinced that there is a direct connection between sin and suffering.  He says: For affliction does not come from...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 2 In the first chapter, Job’s faithfulness to God was tested by the removal of his possessions and children. Once again his authenticity is tried but this time by the stripping of his health. Satan’s hope was that this would cause him to curse God. And while many of us would like to proclaim that we would persist in not cursing God, it is hard for us to even imagine the reality of this situation happening in our lives. Our lives of luxury often make us quick to condemn those like Job’s...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 1, 2017

February 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Esther 9 & 10 In the preceding chapter an edict had gone out that permitted the Jews to gather together and to take up arms against their enemies. Today, the story of Esther concludes and the victory is described in detail. In the city of Susa alone, God’s people destroyed 500 of their enemies. King Xerxes, apparently impressed by the success of the Jews, asks Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed 500 men and also the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done...Continue Reading