“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things…”

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Many Things December 3, 2007

Filed under: Daily Devotions,Meditations,Philosophy,Religion — ithewalrus @ 11:14 pm

I’ve decided that my blog’s title is particularly apt for my personality and the way I think, haha! Today I have three posts that I could write. One is on Job 2, one is on Jeremiah 42:6, and one is on evolution. Decisions, decisions, decisions…well, I think I’ll start with Jeremiah 42:6, because it just popped out at me, and do one of those spiffy little “read more…” things when I get done, and do Job 2. Evolution can wait for a later date.

 

So, then, Jeremiah 42:6.

 

Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will listen to the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, so that it may go well with us when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God.

I think this verse really speaks to us today. A lot of the time, Christians just want to listen to the part of the Bible that they like, that is comfortable for them, and they don’t want to have to do any other part of it. It’s become so that Christianity is all about ourselves. That’s why it’s so shocking to us when God asks us to do something we really don’t want to do. We’re all like “No! I don’t want to do that!” and go off and do our own thing. (which, in fact, is what the isrealites end up doing. They’re wanting Jeremiah to go talk to God so that he can tell them what God wants…and then they end up doing the opposite because they were stupid.)  That’s the pleasant or unpleasant part by the way.

Another interesting thing is that the Israelites are indeed sending Jeremiah to talk to God.  I realize that things were different back then and all that, and that there were different rules and regulations on who could talk to God because Christ hadn’t come yet and so on and so forth, but it’s just a little bit strange, don’t you think?  Like they were too afraid to go talk to God themselves.  It definitely strikes me as odd.

 Then the last part: “so that it may go well with us when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God.”  I think that’s a concept most people have trouble getting their hands around: that it actually will go well with us if and when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God.  It actually will.  No matter how inconvenient following God’s law seems, it’s actually the best way to live.

Wow I managed to get three paragraphs out of once verse, haha!

So now, Job 2.   For sake of space, I completely don’t feel like typing the whole thing out.  Here’s a link.  So I believe most of you people who read this will know abou tthe story of Job, how he’s already lost his sons and daughters, and all of his monetary gain.  Well, in Job 2, he loses his health.

There were a couple of interesting things I noticed here.  The first was that  Satan had to ask God’s permission before he did anything to Job.  Or at least I think that’s what he had to do.  It’s interesting.  I guess it means that Satan can tempt us and push us mentally, but he can’t really do anything to us physically.  That’s quite comforting actually.

A second thing I noticed in particular was Job’s wife, and his reaction to his wife.  He’s lost all his health, he’s got these disgusting boils on his skin all over, and he’s sitting in the ashes scraping himself with a potsherd.  How miserable must he be?  Everything he has is gone.   So his wife says to him, “Curse God and die!”  Now, I know at that point that I would be happy to die.  It would have been pretty pointless to keep living…seriously.  But Job says “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not adversity?”  Which is pretty incredible.

The last thing is Job’s friends.  They really aren’t very good friends if you read later on in the story (we’ll get to that later) but look at their reaction!  They sit with Job for seven days in the ashes without speaking.  That must’ve taken a lot of friendship.  I don’t think I could ever do something like that — I would’ve tried to give advice or something like that.  But not them.  They sat and shared Job’s pain.  It teaches a lot about sympathy and empathy and compassion.

I think that’s all I’ve got today.  Have a lovely day!

Jessie

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One Response to “Many Things”

  1. lpkalal Says:

    Did you notice, also, that through the whole book of Job, Satan never gets blamed for God’s troubles? Only God gets the “credit.” Job’s wife never said “Curse Satan and die.” What does that tell you!? All I know is that God had a good purpose in doing this/letting it happen. “I heard you with the hearing of the ear and now I see you and I repent in dust and ashes,” Job said in the end. You go, God!!


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