Job 1:1-22

Job 1:1-22

👉 Meet Job (v 1-5):

• lived in Uz
• blameless and upright
• feared God
• turned away from evil
• 7 sons and 3 daughters
• a great number of livestock
• many servants
• greatest of all the people in the east
• would rise early to pray
• was consistent

In fact, the Lord said that there “was none like him on the earth” (v 8 ). [This is interesting because many believe that Job lived at the same time as Abraham. So, this is high praise indeed.]

👉 Satan entered the scene and what had he been doing (v 7)?

• going to and fro on the earth
• walking up and down on in

Evil walks among us, friends. And he isn’t just out for a stroll to clear his head. [Why does Satan walk up and down on the earth? Read 1 Peter 5:8 for the answer.]

👉 The Lord turned Satan’s attention to the blameless and upright Job. But what is Satan’s accusation (v 10)?

• Satan believed Job only feared God because he had been given so much stuff. He accused Job of only loving the Lord because he had been blessed financially.

👉 The Lord gave Satan access to Job (touch all that he has) but also limits (don’t touch him) (v 12).

• oxen and donkeys are stolen / servants killed (v 14-15)
• sheep and servants consumed by fire (v 16)
• camels stolen and servants killed (v 17)
• sons and daughters killed when house collapsed (v 18-19)

👉 Job’s Response (v 20-22):

• tore his robe, shaved his head
• fell on the ground, worshipped
• blessed the Lord, did not sin
• did not accuse God of wrong

This scene is a beautiful reminder that mourning and worship co exist.

What a dramatic beginning of a book, right?

The book of Job will make us examine the reasons behind our reverence. Do we fear God because of what he has given or because of who he is? Do we trust him when things don’t make sense? Do we ask the right questions in the face of adversity?

Hope you’ll join me as we journey with Job!

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Esther 9:1-10:3

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Esther 9:1-10:3

👉 The enemy’s plan:

• to gain mastery over the Jews (v 9:1)

👉 The Lord’s plan:

• the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them (v 9:1)

[ 🎵 You take what the enemy meant for evil and you turn it for good – you turn it for good.]

👉 Mordecai:

• feared by the officials (v 9:3)
• great in the king’s house (v 9:4)
• famous in provinces (v 9:4)
• increasingly powerful (v 9:4)
• given high honor (v 10:2)
• second in command (v 10:3)
• great among the Jews (v 10:3)
• popular among people (v 10:3)
• sought welfare of his people (v 10:3)
• spoke peace to all people (v 10:3)

👉 No one could stand against them [God’s people] (v 9:2).

Esther 8:1-17

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Esther 8:1-17

This is the “Where are they now?” portion of our story.

👉 Esther

• was given the house of Haman (v 1)

• set Mordecai in charge of the house (v 2)

👉 The King

• gave Mordecai his signet ring (which used to be on Haman’s finger) (v 2)

• told Mordecai to write an edict allowing the Jews to gather, defend themselves, and kill anyone who tried to harm them or take their things (v 8 )

👉 The Jews

• had the power and permission to defend themselves (v 11)

• had light, gladness, joy, and honor (v 16)

• had a feast and a holiday (v 17)

👉 Mordecai

• given royal robes of blue and white and a golden crown (v 15)

🎉 Here is what I don’t want you to miss.

The Lord took his people from…

loud and bitter cries
great mourning
distress

in chapter 4 to…

light
gladness
joy
honor

in chapter 8.

The people went from

fasting

in chapter 4 to

feasting

in chapter 8.

If you are in distress right now – if life seems hard and bitter – don’t give up. You may only be in chapter four or five. But God is at work behind the scenes and chapter eight is coming.

Good things are coming.

Glory things.

God things.

Remember – God’s people will not be overcome (Esther 6:13).

You are precious in the eyes of God and he is for you.

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Esther 7:1-10

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Esther 7:1-10

👉 How did Esther show wisdom in approaching the king?

• She exercised restraint (v 2)

Esther waited for the king to bring up her request.

• She showed humility (v 3).

She began with, “If I have found favor…” This also served as a reminder to the king that she had, in fact, always been in his good graces.

• She made a personal appeal (v 3-4).

My life, my people, we, I and my people – this made sure the king was aware that his queen was personally affected.

• She played to the king’s weakness – his obsession with self (v 4).

This showed that Esther had insight into what would matter to the king.

👉 Two things about anger and hatred…

  1. Anger and hatred will blind a person to the potential fallout of his/her actions (v 5-6). In his haste to harm the Jews – Haman unknowingly threatened the life of the queen.
  2. A person’s anger and hatred of others will reap unpleasant consequences in his/her own life (v 10). Haman was hanged on the very gallows he had built out of his hatred for Mordecai.

Happy Thursday, friends!

Esther 7:1-10

🎉 Download your copy of the new Journal With Me – Proverbs! This new book includes spiritual insights, opportunities for personal reflection, and sample journal pages.

Esther 7:1-10

👉 How did Esther show wisdom in approaching the king?

• She exercised restraint (v 2)

Esther waited for the king to bring up her request.

• She showed humility (v 3).

She began with, “If I have found favor…” This also served as a reminder to the king that she had, in fact, always been in his good graces.

• She made a personal appeal (v 3-4).

My life, my people, we, I and my people – this made sure the king was aware that his queen was personally affected.

• She played to the king’s weakness – his obsession with self (v 4).

This showed that Esther had insight into what would matter to the king.

👉 Two things about anger and hatred…

  1. Anger and hatred will blind a person to the potential fallout of his/her actions (v 5-6). In his haste to harm the Jews – Haman unknowingly threatened the life of the queen.
  2. A person’s anger and hatred of others will reap unpleasant consequences in his/her own life (v 10). Haman was hanged on the very gallows he had built out of his hatred for Mordecai.

Happy Thursday, friends!