Philippians 4. The Apostle Paul’s theme is joy “dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” and “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and this gem “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” and this one “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This letter of joy and encouragement ends with a greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Proverbs 14. These Proverbs of King Solomon mark the contrast between the foolish and the wise.
Proverbs 15, Proverbs of Solomon. Solomon speaks of the value of following the LORD and the pursuit of righteousness and virtue as opposed to folly, pride and wickedness, all of which God hates.
Psalm 82, of Asaph. Jesus quotes this Psalm and confounds the people accusing him of blasphemy.
Psalm 83, of Asaph. An urgent prayer for God to help when war is threatening.
1 Corinthians 2. Paul proclaimed Christ crucified, relying only on God’s power. This is God’s secret wisdom, spiritual wisdom, and in applying this “we have the mind of Christ“.
Job 22. Eliphaz the Temanite accused Job of wickedness.
Job 23. Job proclaimed God’s righteous judgments. Rejoice in the Lord. “ But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.“
Today we read the second chapter of Galatians and four chapters of Job.
July 23: Galatians 2, Job 23, Job 24, Job 25, Job 26 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Galatians 2. Paul is vigorously defending the gospel and warns the Galatians there is no return to the Law! “ for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Job 23. Job proclaims God’s righteous judgments. Rejoice in the Lord. “ But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.“
Job 24. Job complains of violence on earth.
Job 25. Bildad asks the question: How can man be righteous?
Job 26. Job replies and speaks of man’s frailty and God’s majesty.