Teachings

Morning Light – March 10th, 2016: When Friends Pile On in Your Time of Suffering

Morning Light – March 10th, 2016 Today: [Job Eight] When Friends Pile On in Your Time of Suffering. In this chapter we meet Bildad, the second of Job’s comforters. Bildad agrees fully with Elipaz that Job is suffering because he is in reality a wicked man. The premise of his thinking, in agreement with Elipaz is that all human suffering originates with God as punishment for wrong doing. Job on the other hand insists that he is righteous and that God is in reality using him as target practice for sport. What is the answer? We need to know lest … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – March 9th, 2016: Have You Ever Wanted to Die?

Morning Light – March 9th, 2016 Today: [Job Seven] Have You Ever Wanted to Die? In this chapter Job prays for death. He accuses God of using him for target practice. He laments because he would have preferred to die in the night rather than face another day of suffering. We all go through such times in one way or another. In Job we learn how to avoid the pitfalls that Job stumble into and hopefully spare ourselves by God’s wisdom the same experiences. [Job 7:1-21 KJV] 1 [Is there] not an appointed time to man upon earth? [are not] … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – March 8th, 2016:  Never Answer Your Critics

Morning Light – March 8th, 2016 Today: [Job Six] Never Answer Your Critics. In this chapter Job responds to the accusatory diatribe of Elipaz against him. Elipaz and Job’s other two friends are entrenched in their opinion that God has smitten Job. Job agrees (wrongfully) that God has indeed smitten him but is unjust in doing so unless He explains Himself to hapless Job. In both cases hidden motives and deep fracture is revealed in Elipaz and in Job himself as he grapples with the enormity of his personal suffering. [Job 6:1-30 KJV] 1 But Job answered and said, 2 … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – March 7th, 2016:  Did Job Suffer Because He was Guilty?

Morning Light – March 7th, 2016 Today: [Job Five] Did Job Suffer Because He was Guilty? In this chapter Elipaz presses home his accusation that Job is in secret sin. He insists that people don’t suffer as Job suffers unless there is some craftiness or iniquity in them. Elipaz is descended from Esau and in his blood line are many vehement enemies of the Semitic people. When people harshly accuse and vilify you (in the guise of speaking gospel truth) they are in reality exposing what is in their own hearts. [Job 5:1-27 KJV] 1 Call now, if there be … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – March 4th, 2016: Can You Avoid Job’s Fate?

Morning Light – March 4th, 2016 Today: [Job Four] Can You Avoid Job’s Fate? In this chapter Job’s friends begin to speak. Eliphaz is the chief orator and suggests that Job is suffering because he has some secret sin in his life. On the surface his argument seems valid until you give some thought to who Eliphaz was and what was driving him to seek out some fault in his friend Job. If in fact all suffering arises from sin then there is no one with a sin nature who can hope to be protected from any calamity. Fortunately for … (click link or title to continue)