In our first day of Bible reading, we covered Genesis, Job and part of Exodus. The dramatic accounts of Israel’s fathers of faith, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, are quite engaging. (It just ‘happened’ that a senior bachelor in our midst read the chapter describing Abraham’s servant’s successful search for a wife for Isaac. We teased him that he now has a godly strategy for finding a wife!)
I thoroughly enjoyed the book of Job. Much of the time we used The Living Bible; it really brings out the debate (argument) aspect between Job and his friends in clear language. Many majestic words about God’s awesome power are recorded in that book.
- “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (5:9; 9:10)
- “Dominion and awe belong to God. He establishes order in the heights of heaven.” (25:1)
- “The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power.” (37:23)
- Even after the grandiose descriptions of God’s power seen in the stars and heavens, storehouses of snow, clouds and rainfall, lightning and the depths of the sea, we are reminded that “These are but the ‘outer fringe’ of His works.” (26:14)
- There are so many places where wisdom cannot be found, but “The fear of the Lord: THAT is wisdom!” (28:28).
A theme I had not noticed before in Job is that of the serious need for an advocate, a mediator, someone to speak to and negotiate with God on our behalf. It seemed to be a really big deal, mentioned again and again. The reference is most frequently to an angel or ‘holy one.’ How precious to know that we now have that advocate in Jesus Christ!
Challenge Question: God sent a rainbow as the sign of a covenant between what (3) parties?
Interesting trivia: (I enjoy math.) The average age recorded for birth of first son: from Adam to Noah 155; from Seth to Abram 47. Average life span recorded from Adam to Noah 857 years; from Seth to Abram 317 years.