July 30 – August 5

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 30
: Job 33 – 35
July 31: Job 36 – 38
August 1: Job 39 – 42
August 2: Psalm 1 – 2
August 3: Psalm 3 – 5
August 4: Psalm 6 – 8
August 5: Psalm 9 – 11
August 6: Psalm 12 – 14

Summary:
July 23
: Job 12 – 14
Job 12 – 14 resume Job’s defense from attacks from his “friends”, while pointing to God’s power, and declaring his own righteousness.  (Note: Despite their best intentions, Job’s friends, have no true rebuttal to Job’s questions and accusations. The false view of God and how He functions in the world is too deeply seeded for anyone involved to overcome.  This is a warning to build our understandings of God from His word and not our own ideas.)
July 24: Job 15 – 17
Job 15 brings another charge from Eliphaz.  (Note: Paying attention to this is instructive for us today.  Rather than rightly defend and define God, the friends attack Job continually.  This is counter-productive and the height of unhelpfulness.)
Job 16 & 17 again see Job on the offensive against his present state.
July 25: Job 18 – 20
Job 18 brings Bildad pointing to the judgment against the wicked. 
Job 19 again sees Job as not seeing any wickedness in himself, and he is wrongly accursed.  (Note: Job is viewing himself in comparison to other people.  His friends are denigrating him by comparing him to other people.  The standard should be God and Him alone.)
Job 20 attempts to vindicate God as Zophar points to the death of the wicked.  (Note: Yes, God is the judge of all the earth; but this answer does not explain who the wicked are who will be punished.)
July 26: Job 21 – 23
Job 21 sees Job again point to the wicked flourishing while he suffers.  (Note: This is a right observation, in this world, the wicked can find success.  The problem of these interactions is they ignore the final judgment and the world to come as the location of reward and punishment.  They are forgetting God and serving their world and selves.)
Job 22 again sees Eliphaz bring accusation against Job. 
Job 23 again sees the justification of Job for his cause.
July 27: Job 24 – 26
Job 24 accuses God of unfairness. 
Job 25 is mercifully short as Bildad tries to defend God. 
Job 26 is the response of Job and accusation against God.
July 28: Job 27 – 29
Job 27 – 29 continue Job’s defense of self and accusation that he has been unfairly treated.
July 29:  Job 30 – 32
Job 30 & 31 continue Job’s tirade. 
Job 32 begins the righteous response of Elihu.  (Note: This is righteous indignation at its best.  To stand and attempt to be self-justified before God, as Job has done, is to rebuke the righteous God of creation.  This should not stand; and Elihu, politely, does not allow it to do so.)