Morning Readings: Job 38:39-39 & Acts 18:1-23 [July 14]

Job 38:39 – 39

God continues to speak to Job; putting into perspective who He is and why life is at it is. As sinners man misses this reality because man is preoccupied with himself.

These verses show that this is erroneous thinking; that God orders the world and the creature in it which He made.  He does what He wants when He wants.

This is why we praise Him: for He is Lord overall.

  • Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
        and satisfy the hunger of the lions
  • Who provides food for the raven
        when its young cry out to God
        and wander about for lack of food
  • Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
        Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
  • Do you count the months till they bear?
        Do you know the time they give birth?
  • Who let the wild donkey go free?
  • Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
  • Do you give the horse its strength
        or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
  • Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
        and spread its wings toward the south?
  • Does the eagle soar at your command
        and build its nest on high?

Again, man looks at life from his perspective and assumes life happens and God deals with him according to his works.  All of us cry out: ‘why me Lord?’ But the center of that statement is man.  Our cry should be: God is great! and greatly to be praised in all circumstances. He is the Lord of heaven and earth and all that there is.

Acts 18:1-23

Paul continues from Athens to Corinth which is due west. He meets Aquila and Priscilla two Jews from Rome whom were forced to flee by Caesar Claudius. Paul stayed with them and worked with them since they were also tent makers. The Lord provides.

As was Paul’s continuing custom he went to the synagogue to preach every sabbath. The synagogue leader, Crispus, believed as did many others.

Of course the Jews opposed Paul and took him before Gallio the proconsul of Achaia; but Gallio told the Jews to take care of the matter themselves.  So Paul was free.  Yet again, the Gospel and its effects were being seen and heard by many.

Paul eventually returns to Jerusalem and then visits the disciples in Galatia and Phrygia to strengthen them.

Paul has a pattern: enter a new city, preach first in the synagogue; when they kick him out Paul then goes directly to the gentiles. Then he leaves for the next city.  At some point he returns to cities where he has previously been to further teach the disciples.


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