In keeping with one of my new year’s resolutions, Chris and I have started reading through the Bible together. We don’t always get to read in the same setting, but we discuss what the Word is saying to us and how God is touching our hearts. I’m constantly amazed at the power of the Gospel and seeing God’s character throughout. Even in the Old Testament that can feel stuffy and dense at times.
The plan we have chosen is Chronolocial, going through Genesis and Job first. Though I’ve grown up in church and read the Bible many times over, it never loses it’s power and awe. Each time I look at the scriptures with a fresh perspective. A woman who has grown and matured, who has experienced new pieces of life and emotions, the Bible applies to me today in ways I could have never imaged years ago reading it as a young lady.
This time around, I was struck by Job’s unwavering faith in God.
Today, we have Jesus. He came as the atonement for our sins. We can rest assured in salvation through Him. But, in the Old Testament, Jesus had not yet come. We know that it is through the faith of the patriarchs that they were made righteous. But, very rarely do we use the Old Testament to share the plan of salvation. Just because we don’t use it though, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
This blew my mind the past week…
So in Job chapter 13 pleads his case to God. To give some background. Job has lost everything he has had – his family, his home, his posessions, his workers. Job’s friends are not sympathetic and Job seeks God.
Verse 3 “But I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to argue my case with God.”
…17 “Keep listening to my words,
and let my declaration be in your ears.”
He asks God “23 How many are my iniquities and my sins?
Make me know my transgression and my sin.”
Moving to chapter 14…
Verse 4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
There is not one.”
…16 “For then you would number my steps;
you would not keep watch over my sin;
my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.”
Job is basically saying that no one can wash clean a man’s sin but God! He knows that the power of God brings salvation. It’s beautiful. Even from the very beginning we see God at work in the hearts of men.
What have you learned in Scriptures recently?