July 23 – 29

This is not meant to be a beating, but rather a tool to give you some help in reading and understanding God’s word.  If you miss a day, and can “catch up: by doubling up, then sweet.  If you can’t read on certain days, adjust the schedule to fit your life.  I think you will find the schedule pretty easy to maintain if you keep just a bit of discipline.

With that said…………….

This week’s reading:
July 23
: Job 12 – 14
July 24: Job 15 – 17
July 25: Job 18 – 20
July 26: Job 21 – 23
July 27: Job 24 – 26
July 28: Job 27 – 29
July 29:  Job 30 – 32
July 30: Job 33 – 35

July 16
: Esther 1 – 3
Esther 1 sets the stage by showing the foolish power of the king.  (Note: This initial impulsive action of the king is part of God’s working to preserve the people.  While God is not mentioned in this book, the discerning reader must realize the world belongs to God and He alone is the star of every story of Scripture.)
Esther 2 brings Esther to prominence.  (Note: The coincidences of this book, Esther being chosen, Mordecai being in the right place at the right time; are further proof of the providential planning and work of God.)
Esther 3 displays the hatred for Jews by Haman.
July 17: Esther 4 – 6
Esther 4 brings the plot of Haman to Esther and her plans to intercede.  (Note: Mordecai sees the hand of God at work and warns Esther, if she will not be His vessel, someone else will.  That is faith in action.)
Esther 5 brings Esther’s plan to the king. 
Esther 6 expounds the problems as Haman honors Mordecai.  (Note: Even the pagans see the hand of God protecting Israel.)
July 18: Esther 7 – 10
Esther 7 brings Esther’s plan to a conclusion and Haman is executed.  (Note: There are no bumps in the road, nothing that could go wrong did.  God preserved His people through the work of Esther.)
Esther 8 sees Mordecai promoted and the Jews are set to defend themselves.
Esther 9 sees the Jews successfully defend themselves and celebrate the event with a feast. 
Esther 10 concludes the story.  (Note: Of historical note, the reign of Ahasuerus ended in assassination.  All of these characters were likely executed, but their legacy is not earthly, it is the spiritual in the preservation of the people of God for the glory of God.)
July 19: Job 1 – 2
Job 1 sees the success and takedown of Job.  (Note: Always keep the need of Satan to get permission in mind.  God rules, and Satan serves God; they are not equal warring parties.  God alone is Lord of creation.)
Job 2 shows the wallowing of Job and the arrival of his friends.
July 20: Job 3 – 5
Job 3 begins the back and forth with Job’s lamenting.  (Note: Job’s laments are not good as they are rooted in His righteousness.  A wrong starting point will always equal a wrong destination.)
Job 4 & 5 shows Eliphaz as the 1st responder to Job.  (Note: None of these responses will be good.  All will assume a quid-pro-quo relationship with God, where none exists.)
July 21: Job 6 – 8
Job 6 & 7 resumes Job’s defense against his friend’s accusations.  (Note: As Christians, we do not fear questions or doubts because we have Biblical answers.  The fact that Job continually “fought” back against his friends counsel shows the emptiness of their words and the lack of Godly/Biblical grounding it had.)
Job 8 enters the second friend to defend God against Job.
July 22:  Job 9 – 11
Job 9 & 10 resume Job’s complaint. 
Job 11 brings rebuke from Zophar.