Feb 7, 2024
Yesterday we heard that because of the Passover plague which killed Egypt's firstborn, God claims the firstborn of Israel for all time to come. Then we heard of Pharaoh's final hardening of his heart, and the parting of the red sea.
In the 6 chapters before this, Elihu has said that God uses multiple means of communication with humans. He maintained that God is just, and said that Job— in his despair, had gone too far in saying it doesn't make any difference if one tries to serve God. He said that God is amazing in His power, and God does notice and punish the wicked. Then it so happened that as Elihu was speaking, a storm was blowing up that showed God's awesome majesty. Then— in today’s chapter, the Lord answers Job, not the last speaker, Elihu.
Yesterday we heard that we can employ God's promises to supply power for godly living. This power can even enable us to share in God's own nature, thereby escaping the world's corruption. Let’s review what we read yesterday starting at 1:19, as Peter's mention of the prophets are a stark contrast with the false teachers Peter will describe in chapter 2.
1:19 NLT Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
Gen. 15:26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to [my voice//0] the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in [my/his] sight, obeying [my/his] commands and keeping all [my/his] decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.”
Job 38:32 NLT96 Can you [ensure the proper sequence of//NLT07 direct the constellations through] the seasons or guide the constellation of the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?
2Ptr. 2:20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior [Christ Jesus//Jesus Christ] and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way [of/to] righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
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