current bible studies

God Speaks (Job 38:1-40:5)

How many people have thought they could run the world better than God? I believe this crosses the mind of every human at one point or another. If there is a God, why is the world like this? Why is there so much evil? Why is there suffering? Why are there natural disasters? Why is there pain? We, in our infinite wisdom, would surely do a better job in this world than what we see. Job has questioned his own circumstances and the way God runs the world. Job is righteous. He is blameless and upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. But, despite his righteousness, he is suffering immensely. Job has greatly desired to come into God’s presence so that he could present his case before God. Now God is going to make his presence known and answer Job.

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Seeing The Unseen (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10)

The first sentence in 2 Corinthians 4:16 is, “So we do not lose heart.” It is important that we do not lose heart. This is what Paul is going to talk about. Notice in 5:6, “So we are always of good courage.” Look at 5:8, “Yes we are of good courage.” We must not give up and we must not despair. Remember that the fourth chapter opened with the same words. Since we have this ministry by the mercy of God we do not lose heart (4:1). Now the context of this hope for us to not lose heart is amazing. Paul has described that he is afflicted and struck down, yet he does not lose heart. He is persecuted and perplexed but he does not lose heart. They are always being given over to death, but they do not lose heart (4:11). What is the hope that we have so that we can remain strong? What is the hope given to us so that we will not lose heart even though we are clay jars carrying the treasure of the gospel? This is what the apostle Paul is going to give to us in this paragraph: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:20.

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Your God Is Too Small (Job 34-37)

In Job 32 we were introduced to another person who has been watching and listening to the speeches of Job and his three friends. His name is Elihu and after Job and his friends have inaccurately explained God and how he runs the world, he now goes about teaching Job and the audience about God. In his first speech Elihu declares that God speaks through suffering, teaching us to look to God and keep us from falling into the pit. Suffering is to be considered a grace of God, awaking our attention to eternal considerations. The answer of the three friends is far too simplistic. We cannot look at suffering and assume that the person has sinned, as these friends have done to Job. God allows suffering in the world to awaken our spiritual affections so that we would seek the Lord. Elihu ends his first speech asking Job to respond (33:32) but Job has nothing to say. Now Elihu will make his second speech in an effort to teach Job and show Job his error in his words.

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Treasure In Clay Jars (2 Corinthians 4:7-15)

The apostle Paul has been giving wonderful pictures of what it looks like to be a Christian. In the first six verses of 2 Corinthians 4, Paul has described Christians as those who are beholding the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ (3:18; 4:4; 4:6). Those who do not see the glory of the gospel of Jesus are the ones who are perishing (4:3). Therefore, Paul has declared that the gospel message that they are proclaiming, which was written down by the apostles and you hold in your hands today, is the means by which you are able to have God’s light shine in your hearts so that you can see the glory of God. This is why Paul does not lose heart. He has a magnificent ministry given to him by the grace of God (4:1). So what does this mean for us? How does beholding the light of the gospel of the glory of God change who we are and how we live?

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