Chronological Bible Reading – January 5 – Job’s Unwavering Commitment

Today’s Reading: Job 1-3

There is debate about where the story of Job falls in the chronology of Scripture.  However, the plan that I use places Job early in Genesis. Therefore, today begins several days in the book of Job.

Today’s reading is painful. Job 1:1 tells of the man named Job, describing him as blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. Based on the continued description of Job, he is an extremely wealthy man.

Job 1 tells us that Satan appeared before God after roaming around on the earth.  God points out Job’s faithfulness and Satan declares the only reason Job is faithful is because of the rich blessing and circumstances in his life.  Satan challenges God and predicts the moment these things are removed, Job’s faithfulness will leave with them. Continue reading

Chronological Bible Reading – January 3 – The Ark and The Cross

Today’s Reading: Genesis 7-9

I recently led the men in my discipleship group through a Downline Ministries* study of Genesis 6-11.  In this lesson we examined similarities between the Ark of Noah and the Cross of Christ.  It always amazes me how God uses the entirety of His Word to point us to Jesus.  Here are the things we discussed:

  1. God saves through an implement of wood – a boat and a cross.
  2. There is only one means of salvation – either be on the boat or in the cross or perish. (see John 14:6)
  3. Salvation through covenant – either enter covenant by entering the ark or through the Cross of Jesus Christ. (see Genesis 6:17-18 and Hebrews 8 and 9)
  4. Salvation for all – creatures of every kind and people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. (see Revelation 7:9)
  5. Salvation through what seems foolish from the world’s perspective. (see 1 Cor. 1:18 as well as yesterday’s post)
  6. God is faithful to His persecuted Redeemer.

These six points are meant for more than interesting discussion starters.  Ultimately they should help us fix our eyes on the completed work of Jesus Christ.  Take some time today and thank God for the salvation He provides through the sacrificial death of His Son.

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

* For more information on Downline Ministries and discipleship resources they provide, click here.