WELCOME TO WEEK 20!
Welcome to week 20! As a reminder – if you have questions, feel free to reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging a pastor on Facebook.
THE PLACE IN THE STORY
This week, we finish out the “The Prophets before the Exile.” These were the prophets that continued to remind Israel and Judah that God called them to be faithful to Him as He was faithful to them. There were blessings for obedience and cursings for disobedience. However, after much patience, God finally allowed Israel/Judah to be conquered and exiled.
But, this week our story takes a break from the nation of Israel and our view turns to Job. The account of Job is very old…see the summary of Job below:
Considered both a theological and a literary masterpiece, the book of Job is an honest portrayal of God allowing a good man to suffer. The test of Job’s faith, allowed by God in response to a challenge from Satan, revealed God’s loving sovereignty and the supremacy of divine wisdom over human wisdom (personified by Job’s friends). Believing that God is good despite the apparent evidence to the contrary, Job rested in faith alone. In the depths of agony he could still proclaim, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (19:25). In the end God silenced all discussion with the truth that he alone is wise (chs. 38–41). Yet he vindicated Job’s trust in him (ch. 42), proving that genuine faith cannot be destroyed. The unknown author was probably an Israelite writing sometime between 1500 and 500 b.c. [The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Job.]
THIS WEEK’S READING
- May 14: Micah 1-4, Psalm 129
- May 15: Micah 5-7, Psalm 130
- May 16: Nahum (All), Psalm 131
- May 17: Habakkuk (All), Psalm 132
- May 18: Job 1-3, Psalm 133
- May 19: Job 4-7, Psalm 134
- May 20: Job 8-11, Psalm 128