TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (11 minutes)
jan 27, 2023
DAY 27 IN THE APP
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
…Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. ~Job 1:21
A FEW THOUGHTS...
We are watching restraint thrown away with anarchy being encouraged in our generation. What was deemed right in the past is now being labeled as wrong. This is not progression but a visible downward spiral of our society. Those who now brazenly break the law are now spitting in the face of those who are trained to uphold the law. Society is being flipped upside down. We were warned of these times, but it is still surprising as it unfolds before our eyes. Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:1-2, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own consciences seared with a hot iron,". Peter said in 2 Peter 3:3, "knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,".
Job, as described by God, was "blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil" (Job 1:1). He was respected throughout the land, but now as he sat on the ash heap on the outskirts of town, we read of his current treatment in Job 30:1, 9-13, “But now I am mocked by people younger than I, by young men whose fathers are not worthy to run with my sheepdogs... “And now they mock me with vulgar songs! They taunt me! They despise me and won’t come near me, except to spit in my face. For God has cut my bowstring. He has humbled me, so they have thrown off all restraint. These outcasts oppose me to my face. They send me sprawling and lay traps in my path. They block my road and do everything they can to destroy me. They know I have no one to help me.”
Job was being ridiculed by people who had no respect for his integrity. This example should not surprise us as we saw Jesus suffer similarly as we read in Matthew 26:59-67, that He was falsely accused, disrespected, mocked, declared guilty by those who were not worthy to so much as carry His sandals, given the death penalty, and we read this scene concluded in v.67, "Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying "Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?"
It’s hard to watch as events continue to unfold. We do live in a godless society. Jesus during His ministry saw how fallen mankind was. He also realized change was needed. He did not start a violent revolt; He didn’t promote anarchy. He gave us His Sermon on the Mount. He flipped society on its head by giving us a new way to see and act in this world. He said in Matthew 5:3-8, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." The difference in the approach is staggering. If we see segments of this society that are wrong and need to be changed, we all have a choice. We can adhere to the human philosophy that "might makes right", or we can adopt Jesus' teachings to rid ourselves of self-righteousness and approach Him and for that matter, others, in a spirit of humility. The world needs revival, not a violent display of anarchy. In these tumultuous times we need Jesus. His words spoken two thousand years ago are just as relevant today.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” - Billy Graham