Week 44: July 12-17
Job 32-Psalm 11
GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.
Monday, July 12 Job 32-34 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Each of us can relate to the words of Job 33:27, “I sinned, and perverted what was right, but I did not get what I deserved.” See Romans 5:17–19 and explain.
Tuesday, July 13 Job 35-37 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. Consider the following words of Elihu to Job, “If you sin, how does that affect Him? If your sins are many, what does that do to Him (Job 35:6)?” See 1 Corinthians 15:3.
Wednesday, July 14 Job 38-41 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
3. Reflect on the introductory words of God’s response to Job recorded in Job 38:3–8 in light of a similar theme found in Isaiah 55:6–11. What conclusion can we draw about God even as we consider His greatness and magnificent power?
Thursday, July 15 Job 42 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. Comment on Job’s reply to the LORD (Job 42:1–2) in light of God’s plans for you and for your salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.
Friday, July 16 Psalm 1-6 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. The Introduction to this month’s readings speaks of Psalm 1 as the “gateway” to the 149 psalms that follow. The psalm itself seems to speak to those who are about to choose a path in life. The paths being considered are “the way of sinners” (1:1) and “the way of the righteous” (1:6). Identify the characteristics of those who follow each path. What comfort does the Lord, through the psalmist, give to those who follow the way of the righteous? Psalm 2 pictures God as a King who is installing His Son as co-ruler on the throne. Subject rulers, however, are threatening revolt. Why does the Lord laugh (2:4)? What warning and advice does the King give to those threatening revolt (2:5, 10, 12)? What does it mean to “kiss the Son” (2:12)?
Saturday, July 17 Psalm 7-11 Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. In the span of Psalms 3 to 11 David seems to operate in a cycle of worrying and complaining, then trusting and rejoicing. He worries about threats to himself (3:1), the unfaithfulness of the people (4:2), and threats to the throne (7:4). Interspersed in these worries are expressions of joyful trust in the Lord’s protection (3:3; 7:10; 9:1–2; 11:7). What other passages in these psalms indicate this cycle? Our walk in life is much like David’s. Which verses bring you comfort that the Lord will deal with our worries and complaints out of His great love for us, His people?
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