All tagged Nov 18

God's Question To A Sufferer

The patience of Job has become an idiom reserved for those with exceptional fortitude and self-restraint. As I read Job’s story, I’m not sure what he deserves more credit for; the way in which he persevered under the direct attack of Satan, or the manner in which he tolerated his four unhelpful, uncharitable and self-righteous friends. ‘Miserable sympathisers you are,’ was about as rude as he got.

What Job Knew

It is possible to fall into the trap of assuming that Old Testament saints knew very little compared to what we know. This is especially true of some of the early saints, such as Abraham, Moses and Job. However, we must bear in mind what the scriptures say about such individuals; the Lord Jesus told the Jews that ‘Abraham rejoiced to see My day; and he saw it, and was glad’ (Jn. 8:56, KJV). What degree of revelation Abraham had is the matter of debate, but one thing is certain; he believed in a coming Messiah. Of Moses, the Hebrew writer states; ‘He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward’ (Heb. 10:26, NET). He didn’t know Christ in the way we do, but again, he believed in a coming Messiah, and considered Him worthy of his suffering. Far from being unenlightened, disadvantaged saints, these were individuals who had received revelation from God directly.

Teaching in the Upper Room: God’s Purposes are never Surprised

Have your plans gone awry? Even if you’ve paid attention to the greatest detail, your plans are still subject to change. In contrast to God, we’re neither all-seeing nor all-knowing. Yet God is never surprised by circumstances and His purposes are never thwarted. Satan’s schemes and man’s sinfulness doesn’t bewilder the Godhead, as we will examine in this passage. When we are stunned by life’s trials, we must seek closeness to Him in order to be reminded that God’s purposes are never caught by surprise.

Teaching in the Upper Room: #Blessed

#blessed. Not too long ago, it was the hashtag we saw everywhere. About 100 million times to date, people have used it. Maybe you have used it. A scan through what people have tagged as “blessed” reveals selfie after selfie of people trying to look their best while portraying their idyllic life. Others use it to show themselves at the beach on vacation, or attached it to a saying about accomplishing goals. But are these things what it is to be #blessed? The first lesson the Lord Jesus teaches His disciples is about what it is to be blessed.

The Word–Jn. 1:10-11 [6]

We have previously seen the Lord Jesus as light coming into the world as the fulfilment of God’s revelation. God had communicated with man and this climaxed in the person of Christ. He was light streaming into the world, but now we see him in his personal nearness. God had shone the search and rescue light into this world to seek the lost, but now we see the person behind the light as Christ comes in his personal manifestation.

Psalm 125

The first verse of this Psalm announces an overarching principle of life. Writing to those who have found refuge in the Lord, the Psalmist seeks to strengthen them by reminding them that, because they trust in Him (v 1), they are “his people” (v 2). Drawing on the geographical features of Jerusalem, he recounts how the land and the people are God’s possession (v 1).

The Glory Of The Cross [8]

In our final meditation of this series we consider the last of the sayings of the cross recorded by John (19.26-30). First was a cry of sympathy (vv.26-27) followed by a cry of suffering (vv.28-29) and, finally, a cry of service (v.30). ‘It is finished’ is the translation of a single Greek word, tetelestai, the root word being teleo meaning ‘not merely to terminate a thing, but to carry out a thing to the full’ (WE Vine).