The Word Made Flesh

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:1-12 (day six) 

Have you ever considered why God included poetry among the various genres of biblical literature? We can be so enamored with what is being said, parsing out all the details, that we can miss the how.

Poetry and prose capture the human experience in all its subtlety and nuance, bringing real life emotion to the surface in ways that no other genre can. Fear and joy, doubt and faith, anger and celebration all find their home in the poet’s verse.

Poetry is the Word becoming flesh-in a manner of speaking. (Not THE WORD of course.) It is God saying to us, “I am with you. I understand. It is okay.” Biblical poetry is God’s way of letting us know that it is okay to work out our salvation in the midst of a sinful broken world.

Oh, and by the way, it is also intended to read out loud.

Resume

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:1-12 (day five) When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

Part of Job’s “Righteousness Resume” was his love and sense of spiritual accountability for his children. We are told that he frequently/regularly took the initiative (made arrangements) to consider and invest in their relationship with God.  As parents today, we are instructed by scripture to do the same thing. When children are younger, that means regularly/frequently taking the initiative of reading the scriptures and praying with them, as well as having spiritual conversations. When they are older (out on their own), same priority, same frequency of praying for them. I believe this also applies to grandparents as well.

As parents, scripture says we are the primary “disciplers” of our children. Maybe today and then regularly/frequently we could take initiative (like Job) to pray, read, and talk with them (younger) or for them (if older maybe send a text or email). It seems fitting that it ought to belong on our “Righteousness Resume”.

Whose Righteousness?

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:1-12 (day four)

Has anyone ever asked you which biblical character, other than Jesus, you would like to meet?  We might say Moses…or Joshua…or King David…or Elijah…or one of the disciples…or maybe Paul.  Very few would say, “I’d like to meet Job.”  Yet Job was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.  He was the greatest of all the men of the east.

We are intimidated by the suffering and pain that Job endured as a result of his righteousness.  Righteousness is supposed to bring blessing and reward.  The prospect of hardship does not appeal to us.  Maybe we can be just righteous enough to please God, but not so pure that we stand out in a heavenly conference.  We want to find a happy medium to just get by.  A reminder…we are sinners.  Only by the grace and righteousness of Jesus Christ can we stand before God forgiven.  Focus on Christ rather than ourselves!  His righteousness certainly stands out in any conference…say on Judgment Day!

Blurt

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:1-12 (day three)

“The sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.”

Nobody knows for sure what is meant by “the sons of God.” Fallen angels, mysterious divine beings, righteous individuals, and, in Genesis, the sons of Seth — all of these suggestions and more have been advanced as possible explanations of this puzzling phrase. Does this kind of meeting still happen? Are conversations like this going on right now? Do God and Satan keep in touch? Well, Jesus kept company with a shady crowd, and that’s an earthly example of what it seems was already happening in heaven. One thing is for sure. No evil will startle God. And apparently, the devil isn’t good at keeping his own plans hidden from the Lord. Don’t you worry.

Righteous Living

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:1-12 (day two) The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”

Let’s be clear; your faith walk is always preparing you for something. Perhaps you can relate when people talk about feeling very near to the Lord during trials or times of suffering. The other side of that coin can sometimes be convicting. When things are going well we tend to think of God less. This is to our spiritual detriment. Job was chosen because he was righteous even in his abundance. It was his pattern and privilege to submit to the Lord. Daniel did not become righteous when he was challenged, he simply adhered to the pattern of his life (Daniel 6:10). Jesus did not need 5000 to display his righteousness, his life was marked with a devotion to God the Father as a part of his very being (Luke 4:16)

What we are about to study throughout the book of Job is a testament to righteous living regardless of circumstance. Why don’t we begin right where we are, today?

Re:Verse Blog – 2/28/22

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:1-12 (day one)

Join us as Senior Pastor Chris Johnson, Associate Pastor Aaron Hufty, and Associate Pastor Bryan Richardson walk us through Job 1:1-12 in our Spring Re:Verse Series: “JOB – Through the Storm.”