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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 18 · 1 year ago

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Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word.Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. Youcan find a RSS feedlink on our website, www dot do very baptist, clarksbridgecomGucci, snatched, chatter, Estor, Brad, have you lost your mind? If you're of a generation of mine or Oder, what I justsaid makes no sense. Some of this younger generation, they understand those wordsdifferently. Chatter, for example, if I say chattered you and I thinkof this, this is Cheddar, Jeez.

But chadd apparently means money, likewhat hell? I can't compute. How did we make that? Butthey understand, they get it. They'll text it to each other and thenall of a sudden I remember, Huh, I was like that at one time. I remember my granddad asking me, boy, what do you think aboutyour Dallas cowbalist? I I said, Granddad, they're too legit to quit. He looked at me, he said what, that's a well,they're too legit to quit. He said, son, I don't know what yousaid. That's a all, Granddad, that's just the same. It meansthey're so good that they're going to win at all. And he said, well, why didn't you just say that then, boy, and Ithought I'd just couldn't help but laugh.

He's got a point, but aswe think about it, there is a communication gap between generations. There aretimes as my children are growing up, and they're saying things and I'm notcatching it, not understanding it, and I wish I had a mediator.I wish I had someone who was a teenager and a middle aged man,someone who could hear both conversations and translate them both. It's a wonderful illustrationof what job was looking for. He was looking for a mediator between heand God, someone that could take job's circumstances trials and communicate him, injob's words, in a way to God so that God could understand, andsomeone who could take God's perspective on things and communicate it to Joe, amediator that could go between the two.

What an incredible truth job arrives at. We're in job chapters eight through ten. We're going to be specifically in ChapterNine, Verses Twenty one through thirty five, and I'm going to readthat. But as I read that, keep in mind as job's going throughthis trial, as he's interacting back and forth between his friends, as heavensilent, he's longing for a mediate or someone who could go and present hiscase to God and presents God's case to him, someone who could go backand forth. And we see it in this sense. I am guiltless,I do not take notice of myself, I despise my life. It isall one. Therefore, I say he destroys the guiltless and the wicked.If the scourge kills, suddenly he mocks the despair of the innocent. TheEarth is given into the hand of the wicked. He covers the face ofits judges. Then is not he?...

Then? Who is it? Now? My days are swifter than a runner. They flee away, they see nogood, they slip by like read boats, like an eagle that's woodson its prey. Though, I say I will forget my complaint, Iwill leave off my set said countenance and be cheerer. I'm afraid of allmy pains. I know that you would not acquit me. I am accountof wicked. Why, then, I should I toil in vain, ifI should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lie? Yet youwould plunge me into the pit and my own clothes would afford me, forhe is not a man as I am, that I may answer him, thatwe may go to court together. There is no umpire between us.Who May lay his hand upon God and me us both. Let him removehis rod from me, and let not...

...dread of him terrify me. ThenI would speak. Cannot fear you, but I'm not like that in myself. Job understands he's not God and God's not a man. So he longsfor an umpire, a mediator, one who can look at both sides andcommunicate back and forth. In Job's trial, his faith is becoming personal. Beforehis trial he loved God and worship God, but he didn't know Godto the degree that he would come to knowing through this trial. This trialprepares Joe for the relational experience he will have with God in Chapter Thirty Eightand follow. This trial is pushing job to consider who God is, thatperhaps God is bigger than job ever realized...

...before. He may have known itwith his head, but he would come to know him with his heart.How can a good, all powerful God allow good people to suffer and badpeople to thrive? Does being obedient to God not overshadow any minor sins thatwe might commit? Am I not more good then I am evil? Andif so, shouldn't God bless me more then curse me? Before this trial, job had God in a box, having figured out if I'm more goodthan I am evil, then God has bound to bless me more than curseme. He's bound to bless me, based the poem that and that alsowill play into this relationship he has with God. If we obey God,then God has bound to bless physically,...

...materially and in every way. No, he's not. If we obey God, God is bound to bless in theways that he sees fit to bless. We will read what we see,but it doesn't mean that will reap it physically, materially or in thatrealm. It may be something greater, like a spiritual relationship with God thatnothing in this world can ever compared to. Well, this trial is shaken.Joe And who job thought God was and is his thought process. Jobconfesses he's a sinner. He recognizes I can't go to trial with God.He's God. I'm a sinner. He confesses he's a good person who hasn'tparticipated in sins which would bring about these...

...trials. And, by the way, he's correct. Job Sins did not bring about these trials. His trialsor not the direct result of any sin which he had committed. But job'swords further evidence his love for God and his desire for reconciliation. This isjob struggle. Job Struggle is I want to be close to God again.He pitches a temper tension to do it. It's what's hurting him. He thinkshe's become the enemy of God. He wants to be close to Godagain, like he had felt before. He doesn't realize it, but he'sactually growing closer then he knew, and this trial would take even closer.And so job has this love for God and he has a desire for reconciliationand he wrongly assumes he becomes God's enemy.

That's why he wants to just visitwith God. God, I just want to talk, but I knowI can't an normal sinner. I know your God. I want to visit. Let's get to the bottom of this, but I can't. He wants anaudience with God, he wants to appear before God and state his case. But God is perfect, and job recognizes if he is ever to bereconciled with God, he needs a mediator. He needs someone who is human andGod, one who can convey to God man's frailty on behalf of man, but one who can stand before God, is righteous like God. Perhaps heeven desires one who can speak to job on God's behalf, one whocan communicate God to job, one who...

...can come from a headband to Earth. What an amazing insight. Joe, before the Old Testament was written,long before the New Testament was written, Joe Twenty three, Twee, twentytwo, hundred BC job without any of the law, his coming to recognizeif I'm going to have a relationship with God, if I'm going to beable to visit with God, if I'm going to be able to sit downand talk to God, there's God to be a mediator, because he's Godand I'm man. There has to be someone who's a God man. Whatincredible inside pointing to that one that he would have a relationship with a preincarnate Jesus Christ. Praise God for the God man, Jesus, whom jobknew was necessary if we were ever to...

...be with God. Do you know, you and I can't be with God except through Jesus. That's the onlyway for God to become a man. What incredible truth through the pages ofjob. Who would have thought and job, we would be talking about the birthof Jesus Christ. We are, because job recognized in order for usto go to Heaven, heaven must first come to Earth. What incredible inside. I want to encourage you, as you think about that today, justto thank God for Joe, thanking especially for Jesus Christ, has only begottenside, who left heaven to come to Earth so that you and I couldbe in heaven forever. We look forward to that Glorious Day. We allour study for tomorrow. We job chapter eleven through thirteen. So we're makingour way through the book of Joe.

Let me pray for you before wego today. Father, again we thank you for these incredible truths that you'reteaching us, of all places, through the book of Job. It's notjust a book about trials and why bad things happen to good people. It'sa book about you. It's a book about who you are. It's aboutrecognizing our sinfulness in your godliness. It's about understanding that the only way wecan have a relationship with you it is for you to first come down toearth and make such possible through your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for that, thank you for that relationship where we can do exactly what Joe wantedto do. When we are doing like a joke. Just thank you,Jesus, for making it names Christ, name we amen. Thank you forbeing with us today.

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