Believing And Loving

Daily Scripture readings for April, set #15:

- Ezekiel, chapters 38-39
Job 14
John 11:17-37
1 John 3:19-24

“Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore” (Ezk 39:28). The Lord is glorified through both the sending into exile and the rescuing from exile.

“Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass” (Job 14:5). This is a great example of where I have trouble understanding the book of Job. Is this statement from Job an error? Is Job speaking wrongly here? Or is this accurate, and Job’s mistaken statements are elsewhere in the book?

“Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” (Jn 11:37). This is a fair question, right? But the problem with this statement isn’t faulty logic behind the question, but that it is questioning at all, rather than TRUSTING.

“And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us” (1Jn 3:23). “Believing” is listed right alongside “loving” in this verse. Lately the aspect of Christianity that revolves around belief gets a lot less attention than love, but here it is, and it’s no less than a commandment.

Daily Scripture readings for April, set #16:

- Ezekiel, chapters 40-41
Job 15:1-16
John 11:38-44
1 John 4:1-4

My primary question after finishing today’s readings in Ezekiel: what are jambs? “Then he brought me to the nave and measured the jambs. On each side six cubits was the breadth of the jambs” (40:1). I’m not your most experienced home improvement guy, so I had to look it up.

“Are you the first man who was born? Or were you brought forth before the hills? Have you listened in the council of God?” (Job 15:7-8). Spoiler alert: This kind of sarcasm is roughly how God himself responds to Job at the end of the book.

“I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me” (Jn 11:42). This verse is another example of Jesus saying something out loud that somewhat misrepresents actual reality. Without Jesus’ explanation we would be left with the possibility that God doesn’t always hear Jesus, since Jesus is thankful for having been heard in this specific instance.

Implications from today’s 4 verses in 1 John:
1) There are false spirits in the world
2) we can and should be able to distinguish false spirits from true ones
3) Jesus himself is the line in the sand
4) we should not fear false spirits because Jesus has overcome them.

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