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Sunrise over Mountains


Job 8:1-11:20

Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes


with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (11 minutes)

JAN 21, 2022




Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. ~2 Corinthians 5:17


All of Job's friends, their arguments contain some truth, but also much error leading to false conclusions and a false argument as to why Job was in his present situation. We read in Job 8:8-10, "For inquire, please, of the former age, And consider the things discovered by their fathers; For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow. Will they not teach you and tell you, And utter words from their heart?" We are told in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord is giving you." To honor and show respect, does not mean that everything taught by our parents is true or beneficial. As good of a father and example as Abraham was, twice he fell publicly by lying about who his wife was in order to protect himself in Genesis 12 and 20. Isaac, probably learning this from his father does the same thing in Genesis 26. The entire book of Deuteronomy is a retelling of events to the next generation. Much of it recounts the mistakes made by the parents of this generation, all of whom fell while wandering in the desert, as a result of their not following God. It's not that these parents were of bad intention in what they taught their children, but they were wrong and unless their children accepted a new and different approach, they would also be condemned. Notice the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:34-37, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; and ' a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And He who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me."

Generations of individuals have passed down erroneous information to their children, who then pass it down to their children. All of this happens because people make a choice to follow the word of man rather than the Word of God as described in His Book. One of the biggest obstacles to people seriously considering the teachings of Christ and His offer of salvation to all, is the mistaken belief that it would be disrespectful or a "slap in the face" if one would choose a different "religion" or denomination from their parents. Inherent in this statement is the belief that we can be born into the right situation rather than realizing that faith is a choice which every person must make for him or herself. If we saw someone allowing their loved one to walk in front of a moving truck, we would be shocked if that person did nothing in order to save them from instant death. It would not be disrespectful to push that person to the floor out of harm’s way, even if they were hurt in the process. But in the name of "respect" that is the choice that countless millions make. With the great majority on that wide road to eternal separation from God as described by Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14, people refuse to act on their behalf when they know, or worse, many just choose to mindlessly follow their parents along that wrong road eventually experiencing the same sad fate. Jesus is the truth and the only answer no matter how a person was raised. This is the only message with the power to save. May we reach out in love with this truth, even if it is unpopular.


"If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." Martin Luther King Jr.

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