Gems 2015 — May 31 Scripture Selection: Job 22-24

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 31 Scripture Selection: Job 22-24

Food for Thought: Job 22:2, 3

Eliphaz asks some questions that definitely require an answer. He rhetorically asks, “Can a man be profitable to God, though he who is wise may be profitable to himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that you are righteous? Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?” The answer to his questions is a thousand times YES!

Eliphaz’s first mistake is he, like so many today, erroneously and grossly underestimates the value of man in God’s eyes. From the beginning, the Lord chose to make man in His own image, give him the high position of having dominion over all things created on earth, and have fellowship with Him (Gen. 1:26; I Cor. 1:9; Ps. 25:14; Prov. 3:32). Hebrews 2:7, quoting from Psalm 8:5 says, “You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.”

There can be no question of man’s value in the eyes of God. He loved man so much that He was willing to die for him. In fact, the Father sent Jesus in the form of a man to defeat Satan, make man righteous, and return things to His original plan. At such a great cost, He accomplished this, as declared in Luke 4:18, 19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

It gives God great pleasure to see man extend his hand and receive the free gift of righteousness (Rom. 5:15-18) which allows him to be seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father (Eph. 2:4-6). Arranging for our righteousness, the Lord speaks in Ephesians 1:5 of the “good pleasure of His will,” to adopt us as sons and daughters.

Far from Job’s friends’ perception of man as being a lowly “worm” and a “maggot (25:6),” the Lord treasures man (Mat. 10:30,31) and looks forward to a relationship with as many as possible. Psalm 149:4 confirms His love for us: “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” Knowing the tremendous value of human life is absolutely essential to our understanding of our relationship with God, our relationships between ourselves, and our purpose here on earth. Everything else revolves around this all-important concept.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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45 Responses to Gems 2015 — May 31 Scripture Selection: Job 22-24

  1. Me says:

    Yeah, I get it, the big difference between you and Me is faith, yet you have this anylitical thinking and can see through bullshit, except for faith in religion. It must be a groop mentality, or I don’t know how to explain it. Must be protection by numbers. It doesn’t help you in the end, if what you believe is bullshit and you know it.

    • Me says:

      Or someone has you by the short and curlies for something.

    • cdquarles says:

      Me, Christians do not have faith in religion. That would be idolatry. We have faith in the Prime of Existence. Something cannot come from nothing. Even science is based on faith. Faith is knowledge of things you can’t sense or prove within the system but these must be there for the conditionals not stated but taken as true to be true. Remember what Paul said. Paraphrasing: “If the articles that I speak of that I take as true by faith are not true, then my faith is vain”, so remember that. You have faith. You can’t live without it. It is inherent in you. Faith is one of the things that make a man, be Man, as opposed to an amoral animal.

  2. Me says:

    How many televangelists did their thing and was touted as the gift from God, How many are their now? Do they care, they made millions and stashed it did their time, and don’t give a shit about you. Bit they did it in the name of who again? And got you to pay them for who again?

    • Me says:

      There, and But, typos.
      Yet ya keep thinking rapture and I’ll live forever, because Belief. Everyone else is wrong excpt for my faith. Everyone else believes in god but you so they are all wrong and you are right, I’ve lived through it, and heard it, the Pascals wager bullshit. If it doesn’t make sence then it doesn’t make sence. And if there are agnostics and atheist out there that suddenly trust that their government paid scientist are telling them ths science is setteled, well they may just as well doubble down and quit being Agnostics and atheist, because apparently, they are looking forthe next sucker to tell them what to believe, but with more sciency stuff to be more believiable.

      • Me says:

        Your time is now, enjoy it, make the best of it, do the best you can and if you can, help others the best you can. That is what matters.

        • jsue says:

          Me, you have some kind of impression that the true Christian is reliant on the televangelist for their peace and joy. That can’t be farther from the truth. Our peace and joy–which we wouldn’t trade for what the world offers–comes directly from our relationship with the God who created you. Jesus Christ, a real historical man who walked on this earth among us, sent by His Father, came to give us real life and real peace–something you need. When you get tired of trying to live on your own (By the way, how’s that working for you?) all you have to do is call on Jesus and He will be there to heal the pains of your heart and give you a new spirit in Him. Forget the disappointments and deceptions of mere men! Don’t base your destiny on anyone but the Almighty Who, by the way, loves you very much, even when you deny Him and curse Him name and all He represents.

        • suyts says:

          Me, if you want to understand, read the responses, I can’t really add to what they’ve stated in a little comment to a blog post. So, I’ll just approach it differently.

          First of all, it’s impossible for me to believe there isn’t a higher power, a God. When I contemplate the galaxies, the wondrous beauty of it all, it can’t be happenstance. It’s too systematic. But, then, if we contemplate the oceans, we see more wondrous systematic beauty. And, the skies and the earth …. more of the same! The flora and fauna …. from whales to gnats …. all systematic! It’s not random happenstance for all of these wondrous beautiful systems to come together as they are.

          So, I recognize that someone, or, something (God) made all of this happen. Well, when you realize this, the first question a reasonable person would ask is “why?” The answer is written is this Book we’re studying. As far as I know, it is the only Book which answers the original questions: Where did I come from, and why am I here?

          But, then, that brings me to this point ….. let’s reverse things just a bit. You said, “Your time is now, enjoy it, make the best of it, do the best you can and if you can, help others the best you can. That is what matters.”

          Why would it matter if it ends when they plant you? We’ve thousands of recorded years of history. No one is going to remember or care what you did personally. Sure, maybe if you did something notable, or lived a notable life, your family will remember …. up until about the 3rd or 4th generation. My grandchildren will remember me, and, perhaps, if I live long enough, my great grandchildren. I only met one great-grandmother, but, I can’t tell you what she was like, or what she did throughout her life, so I can hardly pass down her memory to my children, much less my grandchildren. In the end, if it is as you say, then none of the things she did in her life matters. Whether she did her best, or didn’t do her best, or tried to help others, or didn’t …… it doesn’t matter …… if it is as you say. And, so, there would be no answer to the part of the original question …. “Why am I here?”

          But, that takes me back to considering the galaxies, and the oceans, and the land and seas. There is a God, all of these things, alone, yet, working together is impossible as random happenstance. So, there is an answer to the questions.

          Me, after Psalms and Proverbs, we’ll be studying Ecclesiastes. Both Psalms and Proverbs are excellent books to study, and I think you may really enjoy Proverbs, but, Ecclesiastes …… Me, you should read along with us!

        • Me says:

          So you are for facts in science, think it logically and yet again faith, just believe because reasons and it was written in the bible.

        • kim2ooo says:

          “Me, you have some kind of impression that the true Christian is reliant on the televangelist for their peace and joy. That can’t be farther from the truth. Our peace and joy–which we wouldn’t trade for what the world offers–comes directly from our relationship with the God who created you. Jesus Christ, a real historical man who walked on this earth among us, sent by His Father, came to give us real life and real peace”

          AMEN!

        • suyts says:

          Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a quality which the scientist cannot dispense with. —- Max Planck

          Me, it takes as much faith, if not more, to believe there isn’t a God, as it does to believe there is one. It is through logic and reason that we can be assured there is a God. The Bible doesn’t come into play in that part of my faith. The Bible comes into play to answer the question, why. The Bible isn’t the evidence, it is the addendum to the evidence.

        • DirkH says:

          Me says:
          June 1, 2015 at 11:08 pm
          “So you are for facts in science, think it logically and yet again faith, just believe because reasons and it was written in the bible.”

          Me, my faith is not strong enough to still believe in the orthodox story of macroevolution as it is being taught.

          Amongst the points are, we’ve gone through the entire fossil record and we haven’t found a missing link between Homo and ape; and, you can compute the speed with which evolution produces higher complexity (as given by official datings), and you arrive at 10 billion years for the whole thing, which is twice as long as the planet allegedly is;
          and; worst of all, all ideas about the creation of life by the orthodoxy violate thermodynamics. (No such thing as 6000 different complex molecules randomly forming into the first lifeform)

          So, how much FAITH does macroevolution plus random creation of life require these days? LOTS of it!

          I thank the warmunists to shatter my blind trust in science to that degree.

          In fact, science is a series of statements based upon each other but NOT in a clean cut 100% provable axiomatic way, it’s deduction upon deduction, each coming with it’s uncertainty; at which point do you recognize PLOTHOLES; and the SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF breaks down…

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          Amongst the points are, we’ve gone through the entire fossil record and we haven’t found a missing link between Homo and ape;
          <<

          The first problem is that fossilization is an extremely rare event. Even so, some places are really, really poor at producing fossils. The earliest known, completely bipedal hominid is Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy). A. afarensis apparently lived in a forest region–the same as chimps and gorillas. Fossils do not readily form in forest regions. The “entire fossil record” is missing for ape-to-human evolution, for ape-to-chimp evolution, and for ape-to-gorilla evolution because of the lack of fossils. Even so, frauds (such as Piltdown Man) don’t readily fit into what is currently known about human evolution.

          Jim

        • DirkH says:

          Jim Masterson says:
          June 3, 2015 at 10:44 am
          “The first problem is that fossilization is an extremely rare event. Even so, some places are really, really poor at producing fossils. The earliest known, completely bipedal hominid is Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy).”

          Hmm, isn’t that already reclassified as a simple ape. That skeleton misses hands and feet anyway.

          Oh wait! It now HAS hands and feet:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_%28Australopithecus%29
          (They added some fake ones)

        • DirkH says:

          …I guess that demonstrates the need for FAITH in SCIENCE… you can BELIEVE the hands and feet of “Lucy” looked like that… if your FAITH is strong enough…

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          DirkH says:
          June 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm

          …I guess that demonstrates the need for FAITH in SCIENCE…
          <<

          Projection? That’s very liberal of you.

          Jim

        • DirkH says:

          Jim, is your faith in science strong enough to accept Lucy’s fake hands as real?

        • Jim Masterson says:

          I don’t understand your posts Dirk.

          >>
          Hmm, isn’t that already reclassified as a simple ape.
          <<

          The term “Australopithecus” is Latin for “southern ape.” How could it be reclassified as an ape if it was an ape to begin with.

          >>
          Jim, is your faith in science strong enough to accept Lucy’s fake hands as real?
          <<

          So now you’re arguing against the concept of comparative anatomy. Good luck with that.

          Jim

        • DirkH says:

          I said above, that the orthodox STORY of the past is a chain of arguments built on top of each other – but not as a provable chain of decidable logical statements as in an axiomatic system but as a chain of statements with a certain less than 100% probability. Your comparative anatomy that gives the ape (how can it be a missing link if it’s an ape?) hands and feet that we’ve never found is exactly that.

          Sorry that you don’t understand it. What I’m saying is that while the entire construct of a chain of such statements might look to the naiive as sound, I see it more like a POSSIBLE story, and as less-than-100% probabilities heap up the probability of the entire story being TRUE approaches zero. I would love to do a semantic web of all the scientific “facts”, attach probabilities to the links, and let an inference engine run through competing interpretations to find the potential maximum.

          Anyway – with the evidence provided now, I see no particular reason to accept the orthodox story. It might be slightly more likely than the latest transformers movie.

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          how can it be a missing link if it’s an ape?
          <<

          I see a major misconception here. The five great apes alive today are gorillas, the two types of chimpanzees, orangutangs, and humans. I guess you don’t consider humans are primates and more specifically are apes.

          Jim

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          Anyway – with the evidence provided now, I see no particular reason to accept the orthodox story. It might be slightly more likely than the latest transformers movie.
          <<

          It’s all a crap shoot. The only way to really know is to go back in time and observe these creatures in “Jane Goodall” fashion (not that I particularly like Jane Goodall) and preform complete necropsies on them.

          As an advocate of the AAT, I deal with people who still argue the savanna theory of human development as valid. Lucy threw a “monkey wrench” into that theory.

          The Brontosaurus first had a wrong head and then was completely changed into another type of dinosaur. I read an article the other day where the Brontosaurus “may” be back.

          The term “missing link” is more a newspaper term than a scientific one. Lucy is a hominid and would probably be a cousin to our ancestor. However, the common ancestor to the chimpanzees and humans hasn’t been found yet. We may already have some of its fossil bones now but haven’t or can’t identify them as such. Completely articulated skeletons are almost never found.

          So is Pluto really a planet or not? Should we vote on it? Why was it reclassified? Things change in science. If you want perfect knowledge, then you;re in the wrong universe (and must be a very frustrated individual).

          And most scientists (with the obvious exception of climate scientists) realize they have limited knowledge.

          Jim

        • DirkH says:

          Jim Masterson says:
          June 4, 2015 at 11:03 am
          “I see a major misconception here. The five great apes alive today are gorillas, the two types of chimpanzees, orangutangs, and humans. I guess you don’t consider humans are primates and more specifically are apes.”

          These are just word games to paper over the major embarassment that after a century of trawling Africa for primate sceletons no missing link has been found.
          So let’s either have FAITH and declare it to be bad luck – those missing links just happened to never be fossilized AND found – or be honest and say: This confirms Darwin, who said, if no missing links are found, my theory is invalid. There’s a remaining chance some missing link between some two species will be found – say, between deer and whale , wonder how THAT would look like – so I’m open for evidence; not so open for excuses.

        • DirkH says:

          Jim Masterson says:
          June 4, 2015 at 11:53 am
          “The term “missing link” is more a newspaper term than a scientific one. ”

          That’s interesting to hear because Charles Darwin used it.

        • DirkH says:

          …and, nearly ALL fossils should be “in betweens”, as evolution is an ongoing process. But they are not! There should be a continuum ; so that scientists would give percentage points, like ok, this specimen looks like 57% fish 43% reptile. Ok here we have one that’s already 70% reptile. Look, this one already has hind legs!

          But that only exists as cartoons.

        • Jim Masterson says:

          >>
          That’s interesting to hear because Charles Darwin used it.
          <<

          There are so many statements attributed to Darwin that it’s hard to keep up. Darwin once predicted that the land-based ancestor of the whale would be a bear-like creature and was severely criticized for it.

          Okay, since you claim it’s an official term, what is the exact, scientific definition of a missing link? I’m not aware of one.

          >>
          So let’s either have FAITH and declare it to be bad luck – those missing links just happened to never be fossilized AND found . . . .
          <<

          Africa is a big place and not every cubic micron of the continent has been searched. And they may have missed important fossils in those areas that have been searched. I’m not a paleoanthropologists, so I’m not going to criticized their lack of discovery. I’ve stopped being surprised that you think you can.

          Speaking of whale evolution, there’s been recent advancement in this area because of all the fossils being found. Whales apparently evolved in the shallow sea formed when the Indian continent was approaching the Asian continent about 50 million years ago. That region is present-day Pakistan. Whales apparently evolved from a wolf-like, land-based creature.

          According to your statements, we should know everything about evolution, missing mines like the Lost-Dutchman, and all about Big Foot.

          >>
          There should be a continuum ; so that scientists would give percentage points, like ok, this specimen looks like 57% fish 43% reptile. Ok here we have one that’s already 70% reptile. Look, this one already has hind legs!
          <<

          They can do that with living creatures/plants by comparing the DNA. It’s hard to get DNA out of a rock–which is what a fossil is. That’s why paleontology is a branch of geology.

          >>
          But that only exists as cartoons.
          <<

          Maybe you should read more scientific papers and watch fewer cartoons.

          Jim

        • Me says:

          Me, it takes as much faith, if not more, to believe there isn’t a God, as it does to believe there is one.

          No it takes proof to know there is a god, it takes faith to believe in anything. you know the thing called facts, not stories passed down that may have some truth in them.

      • DirkH says:

        Me says:
        May 31, 2015 at 11:25 pm
        “There, and But, typos.
        Yet ya keep thinking rapture and I’ll live forever, because Belief. Everyone else is wrong excpt for my faith. Everyone else believes in god but you so they are all wrong and you are right, I’ve lived through it, and heard it, the Pascals wager bullshit.”

        It’s got nothing to do with that, Me. You ask for help and you get help, what better evidence can one get. Mind you I can’t prove it as the help comes immediately, in the form of a series of accidental happenings that could just as well be down to chance but my sense of probabilities tell me something else. But, God makes sure you get his drift, some of these accidental happenings do not contribute to the desired outcome but are just there to tell you “I’m here.”.

    • kim2ooo says:

      Actually, from your posts, I think, you have placed YOUR FAITH in humans. Too much faith, as it seems this human faith has caused you pain – I’m truly sorry.

      Organized Religion [ Spiritual Leaders etc ] Are just that “Spiritual Leaders” …their job is to help in our personal relationship with God.

      We don’t give up our PERSONAL responsibility.

      I can not blame my church , my pastoere, priest … for my failure in faith – That belongs to me.

  3. except for faith in religion I have no ‘faith’ in religion, religion is something man ‘thunk up’
    do this,do this, don’t do that or that, Salvation is a Gift of God, not of do and don’t.
    Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace so that the promise is SURE

  4. Your time is now, enjoy it
    I do enjoy it. Joy is knowing and being known!

  5. jsue says:

    And by the way, Me, speaking of “the millions,” do you have any idea how many BILLIONS have been given by Christians to aid the needy all over the world? Hospitals, schools, disaster relief, food, not to mention the changed lives by offering them life in Jesus. Where are the atheist and agnostics who “try to help others as best as they can”?

  6. Me says:

    Yep, always something to get more back, people should do that anyway with no strings attached, but there is always a string.

  7. jsue says:

    Me, “To get more back”?! You don’t know what you are talking about! Right before your eyes there has been so much sacrificial giving and you haven’t even noticed. You are trying so hard to convince yourself that you are right, that you go on these mindless rants. What if you are wrong? You have so much to lose. But if we Christians were wrong, what would we lose? We’ve already gained peace, joy, and so much more. From what you have presented, you have not offered humanity anything worth giving our lives to or for. Just spewed out anger and bitterness. I challenge you to actually READ the devotionals and the scriptures pertaining to them as well as the comments of those who really do care for your well-being–and not just once. Actually investigate this. Then talk.

    • Me says:

      And yeah, kim, I do believe and have faith in people, or humans. Even though your post here isn’t here anymore. 😉

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