This week I have some thoughts to share from Exodus, Luke, Job, and 1-2 Corinthians!
So certain was God’s deliverance that even before they had left Egypt, God was establishing annual feats of celebration about it (Exodus 12:14, 17, 42).
Fulfilling the prophecy He made to Abraham in Genesis 15:13-14, God brought up Israel from Egypt about 400 years after they had arrived (Exodus 14:41).
The entire book so far led up to this climax: “Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians” (Exodus 14:31).
What Jesus was in the parable (speaking in the voice of Abraham) was prophetic; even after Jesus Himself returned from the dead, those who had failed to understand and believe Scripture before still did not believe (Luke 16:13; see Matthew 28:11-15).
Job rightly values wisdom and recognizes its source. First, its value; its true value is unknowable by man (Job 28:13), but it is certainly worth far more than pure gold, silver (Job 28:15), glass (Job 28:17), coral, crystal, pearls (Job 28:18), and topaz (Job 28:19). Second, its source; not man or this world (Job 28:13), not the sea or the deep (Job 28:14), but hidden somewhere beyond this realm and past the sky (Job 28:21), beyond even death and hell (Job 28:22). Wisdom is hidden with God alone (Job 28:23), and only as He reveals it can man know it (Job 28:28) as he serves God.
God’s power described: He knows all hidden mysteries (Job 28:23), He is omniscient and all-seeing (Job 28:24), the wind and sea derive their “weight” and “measure” from Him (Job 28:25), He controls the rain and directs the lightning (Job 28:26), and He is the Creator, Keeper, and Revealer of all wisdom (Job 28:27-28).
Although I feel Job was too bold at one point (Job 31:37), I do want to be like him, a righteous man whose conscience is clean so that he can state with confidence before God his purity (Job 31:1), honesty (Job 31:5, 33-34), integrity (Job 31:6), fidelity (Job 31:9), kindness (Job 31:13), rejection of idolatry (Job 31:26-27), and love for his enemies (Job 31:29-30), even invoking curses on himself if these things are not so (Job 31:8, 10, 11, 14, 22, 28, 40). It is impressive to have such confidence and it not simply be that he failed to recognize his sin; God Himself called Job righteous (Job 1:8).
1 Corinthians 15
Paul powerfully addresses this wrong view, that there is no resurrection of believers, saying that it is equivalent to denying Christ’s resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:19-20).
It is interesting and insightful to see a Biblical example of the interpretation of Scripture as in 1 Corinthians 15:27.
2 Corinthians 1
I like this title for the Lord: “The God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3).