Job 8:1-11:20 , 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 , Psalms 38:1-22 , Proverbs 21:28-29
Today is the 23rd day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it’s a pleasure and an honor and a joy and all kinds of good things to be here with you today taking the next step forward. And that is always a joy. It’s always a joy to sit down and turn the mic on and know we are we are entering into the rhythm together and taking the next step forward that will lead us all the way through the Bible, all the way to the very last words on December 31. But this is August 23rd. So, we’ve got some ground cover. And let’s dive in. We’re reading from the book of Job. And we’ll read chapter 8 verse 1 through 11 verse 20 today from the Contemporary English version this week. And, by way of reminder, Job and his friend Eliphaz were having a conversation yesterday. And today we’ll hear from another of Job’s friends. His name is Bildad. So, let’s dive in. Job chapter 8.
Okay. So, in our reading from 1 Corinthians today we heard Paul discuss the resurrection of Jesus, and he did it with passion. In fact, we watched Paul being quite the Pharisee today, which is how he was religiously trained. So, here’s how. During the span of history that included Jesus and Paul there were two different schools of thought that prevailed in Judaism. On one hand you had the Sadducees who were the ruling elite among the Jews and they considered themselves be the true ancestors among the priests and they were mostly centered in Jerusalem. And they were very powerful and very conservative. On the other hand, the Pharisees were more plentiful and were spread throughout the land, making them more in touch with the people. And then collectively, councils made up of Sadducees and Pharisees were called the Sanhedrin. And these were the people who interpreted and enforced Mosaic law. And they wrestled with the Torah and instructed people on how to obey it. So, Paul was a trained Pharisee. And one of the greatest distinctions between Sadducees and Pharisees was there differences in theological thought regarding resurrection from the dead. And, so, Sadducees did not believe that the dead would rise again. For them, when a person died they returned to God and that was that. That was the end of the story. Pharisees, on the other hand, hoped in the resurrection from the dead. And we can easily say that Jesus took the pharisaical view in that regard because He talked about resurrection from the dead and then, ironically, He resurrected from the dead. So, as a trained Pharisee, Paul hoped in resurrection. I mean it was Jesus resurrection that won Paul. Paul would’ve continued to persecute believers in Jesus had he not experienced the resurrected Christ. So, Jesus resurrection was proof for Paul that his religious convictions were true. And in Paul’s view, Jesus resurrection was the centerpiece for hope and proved that it was the whole proof that God was doing a new thing in the world. For Paul, Jesus resurrection signified the continuation of not only the Jewish story but also the human story. Through Jesus, God was inaugurating a new kind of human species, one that allowed humans to be reunited with God in Spirit. In other words, the human and the divine can be reunited as we were always intended to be through Jesus. Paul said it like this, just as death came into the world through a man now the resurrection from the dead is begun through another man, just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection. Christ was raised as the first of the harvest, then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back. So, let’s consider the implications of what’s being said today about resurrection’s because as believers this is our hope, eternal life.
Father, we thank You. We thank You that we’re working our way through this life, walking with You and learning so much each and every day about what it means to be human. But this is only the first chapter. This is only the beginning. And this is what we put our hope in, full union with You forever and ever and ever. And we are so grateful. As we look around at the circumstances of our lives and things that we may be facing today or this week, we can become overwhelmed by a very, very small story because we forget to look at the implications of forever and ever and ever to be with You in Your presence. And, so, we begin living more like a Sadducee, living for right now, believing that this is all that there is when there is forever. And when we keep the context of eternity in Your presence it makes things not less difficult to go through but have a perspective of how small they are in the grand scheme of things. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit into that today to give us perspective and context as we move through this day knowing that this is just one day of an endless supply. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.
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Good morning. My name is Joyful Julia in Virginia and I’ve been listening to you for about 10 years, maybe nine years. A seminary professor first told me about Daily Audio Bible. I’m calling today with praise and prayer. I’ve called in several times in the past decade and, in retrospect now, I see how looking back we definitely see the pattern of God answering our prayers even though it might take a decade or more. And I see that now and I’m very grateful. I just wanted to say hello and thank you for all your prayers. And it’s an excellent community, really, you know, that we can always reach out and be heard and also be encouraged and be prayed for. I love your readings Brian and especially the background music in the daily reading of the entire word. Encourage you not to change that music if at all possible. __. It’s very encouraging, very comforting. Well, praying for all you guys. Have a great time in September. Talk to you later. Bye.
Morning DAB. This is a phone call for Cole in Canada struggling through depression and anxiety. I feel like God is saying to us both, cause I struggle with depression and anxiety all the time and especially now. So, I can empathize with you. And this is Charlotte from England by the way. And, so I feel God is saying to us both that He’s already given us the victory and He’s given us all we need to fight the fight in the world. So, it’s up to us to…knowing that we’re going to heaven and knowing that His kingdom is full of grace and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…but it’s up to us to bring that down. And, so, I pray Lord for us both, that we take control of what God has already given us and take authority in the kingdom of heaven and bring it down right here in this moment. I pray power and strength and authority in the name of Jesus come right into us. And the Holy Spirit will empower us and remind us all the time of the scriptures and the words that we read in the Bible that say how loved we are and how good He has made us. So, thank you God for all the things that you’ve already done for in joy. And please let us take hold of that. Thanks. Thank you Cole. And thank you DAB. And love you all. Bye-bye.
Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Jay from Tennessee, Nashville. Just want you guys to pray for me. Sometimes doing the right thing won’t get you the result that you think you’re going to get. Sometimes following Christ will be difficult. We see that in the lives of Paul, the apostles. We see that in the life of our Christ. My girlfriend broke up with me earlier, well yesterday. It’s the way I am where I am and I can’t sleep. It was all because I recognized that us being in a small space together after dark was not a good idea. So, I said, you know, I think it’s a good idea if you go home because this may turn into something that won’t honor God. And that turned into her believing that we shouldn’t be together because I…I was honest and realized that it may turn into something, something sexual. That was unexpected. It came out of nowhere. But we must continue on in Christ. Please pray for me. Love you guys. Bye-bye.
The Lord will provide and I’m just calling in to celebrate my youngest son. I’m currently standing in a Bible college and I’m about to see him graduate from it. It’s such a good feeling as a father to see a son who loves the Lord and is gonna pursue him with all his heart. The second thing I’m calling about is to ask for prayer. Next week I serve at a special needs. These are people with a disability or a special need or a mental disability and I’m going to go tell them and serve them and wash their feet, disciple them because they are specifically here on earth by purpose by God to do God’s will with a disability. And, so, I just want to give that back to them, and encourage them of the word of God. And, so, I would encourage you because you are designed by God on earth for a purpose to do His will. And so, that’s my message to you. Have a great day and just…God bless you.
Hey this is PT from NC. I just wanted to call and pray for Joy in Texas. I heard your request regarding your husband and yourself, finding yourselves in between churches while you were doing exactly what you thought the Lord wanted you to do. I just want to encourage you both and tell you that while this may through you a loop God is not sitting in heaven wondering, oh my gosh, what am I gonna do. He is fully aware. None of this has caught Him off guard. He is still fully engaged. I want to read or really quote a scripture and then I’m gonna pray. And want to quote it just a little different. James chapter 1 verse 2 says, consider it all joy. I want to say it to you, consider it all Joy, when you face many challenges because the trying of your patience builds perseverance and it will make you mature and complete, lacking nothing. Lord, this morning I come to you before you and I ask that You would be with Joy and her husband. God they are serving You as pastors and now find themselves in a really precarious situation, not only with their job and church assignments but also in this legal battle trying to adopt. God, I just pray that You prove yourself to be faithful. God I pray that You would meet them at the point of their need and Lord I pray that You would encourage them. Lord I pray that they would not miss what You’re doing in them because they’re looking for what to do next. Lord, I pray that You would encourage them today. We pray this in Christ’s name. Amen. Love you DAB family.