Reading #1 – Genesis 10
Reading #2 – Psalms 142
Reading #3 – Proverbs 14
Reading #4 – Ezekiel 10
Reading #5 – Job 7
Genesis 10 – Descendents of Noah. The table of Nations came from Noah’s 3 boys. By the number of children listed, several years had passed since Noah’s death. The book of Genesis says that Shem was 600 years old when he died.
Job 7 – Life Seems Futile. Job is giving words to his pain sort of like what Jeremiah did when he was frustrated (Jeremiah 12:1, 5). Job had lost everything within a few days and there was no logic behind it. Those that talk about our pains and sorrows might think, “why don’t you just think positive” or, “it can’t be that bad”. However, no one can truly understand our pains until they go through the trial. Eliphaz had told Job, “if you would just confess your sin, G_d will forgive you and everything will be back to normal”. The thing is, it is a normal tendency to confess to things that you didn’t do wrong in the attempt to stave off the judgment. As I said at the beginning of this book, we are afforded a little bit of information to help us to digest what is going on in this scene so we can say “Job you are being targeted by the Devil and the Lord has confidence that you will come through with flying colors.”
Psalms 142 – Prayer for Help in Trouble. David is reflecting back to the time in the cave when he was on the run from Saul. David for all of his faults understood one thing and that is, “The Lord cares for me and will protect me although I cannot always see it”. David understood the Lord’s care and watch over him because as a youth, he stood to watch over the sheep under his care. In the darkness, animals and bandits roved and would think nothing of harming the shepherd. David would put his life on the line for the sheep and in the same way, the Lord put his life on the line for ours. These experiences in the open taught David an unshakable faith that was not predicated on David’s successes or failures. When we go through bad times, we also develop an unshakable faith that will be a wall about those we are sworn to protect (5-6).
Proverbs 14 – Contrast the Upright and the Wicked. Anyone can indeed recite scripture. For this reason, people write a familiar scripture on their arms, T-shirts, and other venues and do not understand what they are proclaiming. When our hearts are not upright before the Lord, what we profess before the Lord will be like a tinkling bell (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). The path we walk on, just like the words we speak, will either be for the Lord or it won’t (). Growing wise requires that we learn the words of wisdom and apply them to our life.
Ezekiel 10 – Vision of G_d’s Glory Departing from the Temple. It was at this point where the Temple that was built and dedicated by Solomon became “just another building in Jerusalem.” Nebuchadnezzar’s forces burned the physical structure down as a parting shot. The same issue that pervades our life when the Spirit of the Lord departs from our heart, we become just another sad epitaph to be thrown on the ash heap. When Solomon had the building erected, it wasn’t the supplies that were Holy, it was the heart of worship. The Lord chose to put his name on the Temple because of Solomon’s heartfelt devotion. The Lord’s covenant with Solomon was incumbent upon Solomon’s children “walking before the Lord in righteousness (2 Chronicles 7:17-22). When the structure was burned to the ground around 587, all that remained was a landmark that the people used to sacrifice to the Lord.