Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Warrior (Joshua 5)

The people of Israel finally have the joy of celebrating their passover in the promised land.  They are finally cut off from the manna that sustained their life in the wilderness.  Now, it is time for them to secure this land.  Will Israel recognize that it has been the Lord this whole time sustaining and giving them life?  Will Israel see that God is the one who fights for His people?  How is our Lord going to communicate this to the Israelites?

Repent! (Job 18:1-21)

Job has made a passionate speech about someone taking his case to the heavenly courts.  He is done with the counselors for they are not taking his case seriously.  Bildad has heard these words and he responds to Job.  Will this man, who is most likely a grandson of Abraham, respond with the promises of the Gospel?  Will they come together and realize that maybe the Lord’s purpose is bigger than their understanding?

You Lousy Witnesses! (Job 16-17)

The interactions between Job and the counselors has not been overly positive.  In fact, Job has been beaten up pretty badly in this process and their interactions have by and large bypassed each other.  One would hope that at some point the gospel would come out.  Unfortunately, Job continues to cling to his righteousness, but is he beginning to see that his righteousness is not enough?  Is Job finally starting to see that retreating into the pit of Sheol is not a refuge at all?

Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Restoring (Deut. 32)

Deuteronomy is Moses’ farewell address to Israel.  This address is tragic as Moses is about to die.  However, the day Moses delivers this speech is not just a day of mourning because this is a context where Moses is close to passing the baton to Joshua. Israel is about to finally enter into the promised land.  Is this finally a time when the Sabbath will be fully realized?  Is Moses optimistic about Israel’s performance?  What does Moses have to say as he says goodbye to this exodus people?

New Wisdom or Shouting Louder? (Job 15:1-35)

The book Job progresses into the second cycle of speeches.  Job and the counselors have had a few interactions regarding Job’s trial.  You would hope that they would start to think about this life and suffering in light of the Gospel rather than whether or not Job is righteous enough for God to love him.  So, as we start the second cycle do they actually start talking about a cross shaped logic/wisdom or do they just shout louder? 

Sojourning Under the Sun: Sabbath Mission (2) (Deuteronomy 7:1-26)

Israel has a very unique mission to go and establish a heavenly kingdom on this earth.  They have a unique calling to dominate a land, setup a place for God to dwell, and worship our God in the midst of the Canaanite land.  One would think that Israel has this calling because they are a great people with a wonderful history.  Does the Lord pick them because there is something special about them as a people?  Or does the Lord pick them to make clear that there is something special about God?

God Needs to Listen! (Job 13:6-14:22)

Job has tried to reason with the men who have come to encourage him.  However, in Job’s mind he is not gaining any traction.  The counselors are still convinced that Job has unconfessed sin or a specific sin that warrants God’s punishment.  The irony is that Job and the counselors are not in complete disagreement, but Job has been trying to tell the counselors that there is something wrong with the world as they know it.  What is Job going to say to the Lord? What is the basis of Job’s trial?

Is Wisdom Traditional? (Job 12:1-13:6)

We can learn a lot from tradition and from many who have gone before us.  We can learn because they are people who have had struggles, setbacks, and experienced success like we have.  We can learn how to cope in each of these situations from the generations before us.  However, Job does not seem that persuaded by the generations who have gone before him.  In fact, Job pretty much rebukes the counselors for listening to wisdom that is traditional for them.  What is Job’s problem?  Why does Job seem to doubt the credibility of wisdom and those who have gone before him?