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Daily Reflections March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 16 As we study this book, it is helpful to remind ourselves that proverbs are not promises. They are principles that generally prove to be true, but from time to time the general rule is broken.  For instance, I intend to teach my children that students who do their homework earn better marks on their tests. However, there is no doubt in my mind that my kids will encounter one or two students who are both lazy and remarkably gifted, and those students will frequently outperform...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 11 In this chapter we find that verses 1-20 is a unit. We can see that it is a unit because of the literary device call an inclusio. An inclusio is when an author puts similar material at the beginning and the end of a section to indicate that section’s theme. It is like bookends or a frame of a picture to give structure for the reader. For another clear example, look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10. In verse 1, we read that God abhors a false balance but delights in a just...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 9 This chapter begins and ends with two voices calling out. Lady Wisdom is presented in the opening verses as having prepared a feast for her guests. She has sent out her young women to invite the simple to join her and to learn how to walk in the way of insight. The woman Folly is pictured as sitting at the entrance of the house and calling loudly to those who pass by. She invites the simple to join her in enjoying stolen water and bread. The imagery is striking. Both Wisdom and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 4 The fourth chapter of Proverbs continues the instruction of a kingly father to his son. And we see that this wisdom he is passing on was passed down by his father. This is a wonderful reminder of the crucial role and responsibility that parents have for their children. A school can provide some education and a church can provide spiritual care, but the parents of a child are divinely positioned to have the most impact in the raising of a child to be mature and wise. You can sense in...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 2 Proverbs 2 begins with a list of conditions found in verses 1 – 4: If you accept my words and store them up, and if you cry out for wisdom, and if you search for it as you would for treasure: “then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:5 ESV) Right from the outset, it is made clear that wisdom is not something that one stumbles into. It comes through hard work and persistence. As we delve into this book it is worth...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 39 Job has desired to hear from God for many, many chapters now. And in chapter 38 God begins to speak. But it is not how Job expected. God did not begin with consoling, Hallmark-card statements nor did he give the answers to why Job has been going through this trial. Instead, he questions Job and tells him to give an answer. Here in chapter 39, God continues his interrogation of Job with queries about wild animals. Wild mountain goats, donkeys, oxen, ostriches, horses, and hawks are all...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 8, 2017

March 08, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 37 Elihu’s argument in chapter 37 bears some strong similarities to God’s response in chapter 38. Elihu comes closer to rightly assessing Job’s circumstances than any of Job’s other friends and in today’s chapter he puts forward a strong argument. The vivid imagery that is used in these verses leads me to wonder if there was not a thunderstorm raging in the midst of Elihu’s speech. He describes the crashing of the thunder and the irreproachable power of the storm. He goes on to describe...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 3, 2017

March 03, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 32 The arguments between Job and his friends have reached a point where there does not seem to be any movement. Job contends that he is innocent and his friends insist that he is guilty, neither party budging from their position. So Elihu enters the scene and angrily confronts both Job as well as his friends. He is angry because he perceives that Job is “justifying himself” and by implication, indicting God with wrong. He is also angry because the friends have been inadequate in convincing...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 1, 2017

March 01, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 30  Job’s extended lament continues and it provides us with an uncomfortably honest look into the heart of a grieving man. In the previous chapter Job answered the accusations of his friends. They had assumed some hidden wickedness in Job but, on the contrary, he informed them:  “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;my justice was like a robe and a turban.”(Job 29:14 ESV) Job was not suffering because of his sin. He was an exceedingly righteous man. This underscores the...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Job 22 As the book of Job progresses, the “counsel” of Job’s friends becomes increasingly firm – and increasingly hurtful. In today’s text, Eliphaz informs Job that there must be sin on his part. Surely Job neglected the poor. The suffering that he is experiencing clearly proves that Job turned away the thirsty, refused to clothe the naked and neglected the widow. This “counsel” takes an especially wicked turn when Eliphaz declares: “The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent...Continue Reading