Peter and James greet the church in the dispersion. What is the dispersion? Why would they greet the church with such strange language? What can such language communicate about our Christian Sojourn?
Job clings and defends his innocence. He is a man who has not done anything to receive the punishment, the suffering, and the pain he has experienced. This is all out of line and how can the Lord do such a horrible thing to such a righteous man? Job fights for his day in court and now Job has his day to defend himself before the Lord. Will Job give an adequate defense? Will God concede that something has gone wrong?
We are getting towards the end of our series of Sojourning Under the Sun. The intention of this series is for us to consider our placement in the Lord. A very significant passage that covers our placement in the Lord is Ephesians 2 where the Apostle Paul makes clear that we have undergone a significant transformation in Christ.
Elihu is going to conclude his speech which concludes the counselors speaking. The counselors have told Job to repent of the sin that Job has committed, but Job has not committed a sin to deserve this punishment. However, Job has attached the integrity and purity of the Lord claiming that something has gone wrong in how the Lord has treated Job. Elihu has encouraged Job to drop his case. Will this man drop his case? Will Job see the goodness of the Lord?
Job is one who is suffering greatly. There is no doubt that Job has received some troubling advice from the counselors. However, is there something legitimate that needs to be called to Job’s attention?
The Apostle Paul has written many letters to new churches. His letters to the Corinthian church discloses that Paul is frustrated by the lack of unity in that church. The people claim elitism, they call attention to social class, they call attention to their giftedness, they fail to discipline those who need some Godly correction, and there are more issues that we can list. So, what is the positive solution? What is the church called to do as we sojourn together through this age?
Christ uses very strong language regarding our Christian life. He tells us that we are to actually hate our families. Is this a contradiction of the 5th commandment? I thought that we were to honor our parents? I thought that we were to love our Lord as first priority and love our neighbor as ourselves? How can Christ command us to hate our families?
Elihu waits for Job to answer, but Job gives no answer so Elihu continues to address his friend and the counselors. Elihu defends the justice of God and desires all to know that our God is definitely just. Has Job denied that God is just or is Elihu merely putting words in this suffering saint’s mouth? Do we really need to care so much about God’s justice?
Elihu continues to interact with Job. He is not happy with Job's attitude and Job's accusations against God. He now turns to Job and confronts his line of thinking. Will Job concede the words from this young man? Will Job continue his course claiming his own holiness and cling to his self righteousness?
Christ is invited to dine with the leader of the Pharisees. It seems that Christ’s ministry is moving in a positive direction where he is making inroads with the movers and shakers of the society. This seems to be underscored when we notice Luke tells us that the Phariesses were watching Him carefully. This has to mean that Christ is being accepted by significant people. Or is this banquet hosted for more nefarious reasons?