Job 8:1-11:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 21:28-29
Today, is the 23rd day of August, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today, as we gather around the Global Campfire together, find our place and with anticipation find out what the Scriptures have to speak into our lives today. It is wonderful to be here with you. And we are a couple of days in now, into the book of Job. We kind of understand the lay of the land. We understand what happened to Job, and the…the tragedy that’s really unspeakable and what he’s gone through. We’ve watched his posture be to stay loyal to God, to not speak against God. He has plenty of questions and I guess that’s something to really observe, he has plenty of questions. He’s not making a bunch of accusations. He will not speak against God. And so, we’ve watched him settle into grief, watched him truly be suffering and we’ve seen his friends come and sit Shabbat with him for a whole week before anybody says anything. And then Job starts talking and that’s the bulk of the book of Job, and so where we find ourselves now, we are in conversation, Job is speaking to his friends. His friends are counseling him back, we’re kind of just getting going. Eliphaz has basically told Job that everything happens for a reason and if you trust God, He will rescue you. Job has basically responded I need God. And as we are moving into today’s reading, we will hear from another one of Job’s friends, his name is Bildad and so, let’s dive in. Today, Job, chapter 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Okay, so as we’re reading through first Corinthians today, we are seeing Paul and his Pharisee glory. Not because of who he is anymore, but rather because of what he’s laying out. So, let’s just get our bearings. During the time of Jesus, during the time of Paul, there were essentially two leading camps of thought that led Judaism. So, on one side we have the Sadducees and they were definitely the ruling elite among the Jews. They also consider themselves to be the true ancestors among the priests and they were mostly centered in the capital city of Jerusalem, very, very powerful people, very entrenched people, very conservative people. In fact, some would’ve looked at the Sadducees as people who had kind of corrupted things because they were responsible for keeping the peace among the Hebrews so that the Hebrews could exist and so they were in collusion with the Romans a lot, including the crucifixion of Jesus. On the other side there are the Pharisees, who are devout like, we see Pharisees coming and questioning Jesus and trying to trick Jesus and so, in the Gospels we get this idea that they were the bad guys, they were devout. They very, very much wanted to obey God and they were spread out among the people, they weren’t centered in the capital city, they were out among the people, teaching the people to interpret the Torah. Paul was a Pharisee and one of the many distinctions but a key distinction that’s layed out even in the Scriptures between the Sadducees and the Pharisees where their thoughts on resurrection from the dead. Sadducees essentially believe that when you die your dead, you return to God. That’s it. End of the story. Pharisees, on the other hand, they hoped in the resurrection from the dead. So, we could say that even Jesus, during his ministry agreed with the Pharisees, in this respect. And so, that being a key backdrop in the experience of Paul is very important. The Jesus that Paul met, was the resurrected Christ. So not only did this change Paul fundamentally, it also affirmed what he had always thought was the truth that there is resurrection and he met someone who was resurrected from the dead, game changer for Paul. Life changer for Paul, actually a game changer for the whole world. And so, to put this in Paul’s words I quote from first Corinthians “tell me this since we preach, and Christ rose from the dead. Why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead or if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised then all our preaching is useless and your faith is useless and we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you’re still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost in of our hope in Christ is only for this life we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.” And that really is Paul’s worldview that Jesus is the first one to rise from the dead. But he won’t be the last. And everyone who believes in Jesus will also get to experience resurrection. Our belief in Jesus allows us to be reunited with God in Spirit in hope of resurrection. Paul explained 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. As we’ve said earlier in our journey through the Bible, this faith in Jesus doesn’t work without resurrection. And so, this is where we are in first Corinthians and obviously will be continuing forward in seeing what Paul continues to unpack for us and talk about it then. But we’re here now with resurrection front and center. And we have to wonder, would we be Sadducees or would we be Pharisees in terms of the resurrection. How do we functionally live because how we feel about resurrection, will actually shape the way that we live. So, let’s commit it to thought today, let’s contemplate our own resurrection.
So, Father, we love You, we thank You, we worship You. There is none higher than You. There is no equal to You, there is no one like You and you are Father and we are grateful. Love you. So, as we’re contemplating the things that the apostle Paul had written in this letter to the church in Corinth about resurrection, we invite Your Holy Spirit to come and give us hope, that all things indeed will be made new again, including us. We pray this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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