February

3. Great Lent by Schmemann4. Killer Angels by Shaara

Irony in Job

Some of the three friends’ sarcastic questions include levels of irony. Early on Bildad suggests that God has cast away Job’s sons because they sinned against him (9:4), but of course we know that Job frequently offered sacrifices for his children for this very purpose. Later, Eliphaz sarcastically asks Job if he is Adam, the…

These Ten Times

Job says that his friends have reproached him “these ten times” in 19:3. Counting Job’s own speeches, there are exactly ten speeches from Job 3-18. This seems to imply that the “reproach” is two fold: it is the refusal to hear Job’s words and it is the audacity they have to speak up against him.

Job & the Wind

As a previous post pointed out, the structure of Job is itself Job’s transition from a priest-king to a prophet. This is the process of being welcomed into the heavenly council of Yahweh which readers glimpse in the prologue. Job does finally enter this council when Yahweh speaks to him out of the whirlwind, but…

To You and Through You

“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” (Eph. 5:29-30) This meal is the very thing that we have considered this morning. Our High Priest gives us his own…

Last Sunday of Epiphany: Ephesians 5: Priestly Love

IntroductionEphesians 5 presents Christ as the model for all Christians, loving and sacrificing. Paul applies this specifically to husbands and wives, and today as we prepare to enter the season of Lent, we consider what it means to imitate the sacrifice of Christ as husbands. A Sacrificing SacrificePaul exhorts Christians to imitate Christ who gave…

Joyful Noise

One of our tasks in growing in Christ is to grow up in our worship. There are a number of facets to this, but a central aspect of worship is music. In a number of places in Scripture the Holy Spirit is associated with music. When David plays for Saul, the music subdues the evil…

Job the Prophet

Jim Jordan has pointed out that the offices of prophet, priest, and king seem to follow a progression of maturity and glory. The role of priest is to guard and requires strict adherence to the law. After this is added the role of king, where the law must be applied with wisdom. Kings must wrestle…

Lent is for Joy

Another thought on Lent: Historically in the West, Sundays during Lent are not included in the 40 days. In other words, Sundays are always feast days in the midst of a season of preparation and penitence. But this really should not seem strange since all true repentance must flow from a heart of joy and…

God Rejoices Over You

One of the lessons of today’s sermon text is that the story of God’s working in the world is God’s determination to throw a glorious feast. God’s idea of a good time is lots of people piled around his tables with fine wine and mountains of good food. But more than that, this reveals what…