October 22, 2015

Job 23-25
Job replied, “I’m not letting up-- God has no right to treat me like this---it isn’t fair!  If I knew where on earth to find him, I’d go straight to him...He’d see a straight-living man standing before him...But he knows where I am and what I’ve done...

I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way.  I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken and not just obeyed his advice--I’ve treasured it.  But  he is singular and sovereign.  Who can argue with him?...But if Judgement day isn’t hidden from the Almighty, why are we kept in the dark?...

The wretched cry out for help and God does nothing, acts like nothing is wrong!  Then there are those who avoid light at all costs, who scorn the light-filled path..They may have an illusion of security but God has his eye on them.  They may get their brief successes, but then it’s over, nothing to show for it...You are free to prove me a liar, but you won’t be able to do it.        

Bildad again attacked Job...”How can a mere mortal presume to stand up to God?  How can an ordinary person pretend to be    guiltless?”                                    

Matthew 18:21-18:35
At this point, Peter got up the nerve to ask: “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me?  7?” 

Jesus replied, “7!  Hardly.  Try 70 times 7.   The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants...After one man couldn’t pay up his debt of $100,000, the king ordered the man & his family to be auctioned off at the slave market.  The man begged the king for mercy.  Touched by this plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt. 

No sooner was this man out of the room when he came upon a man who owed him $10 and seized him by the throat and demanded he pay up.  The accused begged for a chance to repay him but the man wouldn’t do it and had him arrested & put in jail.  

When the other servants saw this, they were outraged and told the king.  The king summoned the servant whom he forgave and said,” You evil servant!  I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy.  Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?  The king was furious and put the screws to  the man until he paid back his entire debt.  

And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is doing to each of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.