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Our Journey – Week 3


January Reading b

January 14

Job 35-37

January 15

Job 38-42

January 16

Genesis 12-17

January 17

Genesis 18-20; Romans 1-5

January 18

Genesis 21-24

January 19

Genesis 25-29

January 20 Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal &
Bible Reading Catch Up

Job 37:2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
My Bible notes from the Life Application NIV shares: Nothing can compare to God. His power and presence are awesome, and when He speaks, we must listen. Too often we presume to speak for God (as did Job’s friends), to put words in His mouth, to take Him for granted, or to interpret His silence to mean that He is absent or unconcerned. But God cares. He is in control, and he will speak. Be ready to hear His message – in the Bible, in your life through the Holy Spirit, and through circumstances and relationships. Are we each taking the time everyday to hear from Him? I know in this busy season of my life it can be hard at times, but I also know if I don’t make the time for Him each and every day – my day is harder on me in the end!

The LORD speaks to Job in chapters 38 – 41 but He never answers any of Job’s questions. We need to realize (from Bible notes) “our only option is to submit to His authority and rest in His care.” Rest… I love that word – giving so many other pictures in my mind; peace, comfort, love, protection… Rest – are you resting?

It was brought to my attention in Bible Study Thursday that The Message gives Job’s three daughter’s different names then other versions of the Bible.

Job 42:14

NIV: The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 

The Message: He named the first daughter Dove, the second, Cinnamon, and the third, Darkeyes. I am trying to find out what the true meanings of Job’s daughter’s names are – here is what I’ve found in my research thus far (please let me know if you know or find anything else to share on this):

 *      https://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=61970
The names given in the Bible for Job’s daughters are Jemimah,
Keziah and Keren-Happuch (which in roughly translated English
would be Turtledove, Cassia and Mascara).

 *      http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/job/job42.htm
[14] Job’s daughters had names symbolic of their charms: Jemimah, dove; Keziah, precious perfume (cf Psalm 45:9); Kerenhappuch, cosmetic jar-more precisely, a container for a black powder that was used like modern mascara. 

*      http://www.raystedman.org/power/1230.html
• Jemimah means “dove.” Throughout the Scriptures, and even in our culture today, the dove is the symbol of peace.
• Keziah is another spelling of the word cassia, and, you recall, when the wise men brought their gifts to the infant Jesus, they brought gifts of cassia, aloes, and myrrh, all of which were fragrances and incenses that were expensive, rare, and beautiful. Cassia, therefore, is incense or a fragrance. That is the symbolism behind the name.
• Keren-Happuch literally means “the horn of adornment” and is a reference, therefore, to the outward beauty that comes from an inward character.

One other note from this reference shares something I didn’t think about: The fascinating thing about this account is that the whole Scripture seems to focus now on the daughters of Job instead of the sons.

*      http://www.alabaster-jars.com/biblewomen-j.html#Jemimah Jemimah was one of Job’s daughters and was one of the most beautiful women in the land. Unusually for the era, she was given an equal inheritance with her brothers. Her name means “day by day”, which reflected Job’s struggle.   

Ø         Therefore I can see that it is agreed upon that Jemimah is dove; although I’m not sure where/why the last reference came up with “day by day.

Ø         And I think that “Cinnamon” was used for Keziah because as it shares in other resources this is an incense or fragrance, which cinnamon is a beautiful pleasing fragrance to many people.

Ø         Lastly I think that “Darkeyes” was used for Keren-Happuch because it keeps referencing back to mascara giving the impression of darkness around the eyes.  

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Gen 18:14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.
Keep this Scripture in your heart – NOTHING is too hard for the LORD! My Bible notes share: This question revelas much about God. Make it a habit to insert your specific needs into the question. “Is this day in mylife too hard for the Lord?” “Is this habit I’m trying to break too hard for Him?” “Is the communication problem I’m having too hard for Him?” Asking the question this way reminds you that God is personally involved in your life and nudges you to ask for His power to help you. Also keep Phil 4:13 in your heart – knowing that You can do all things through Him who gives you strength!

Gen 22:5
Abraham was faithful – stating and knowing that he would return with his son.

Gen 25:32, 33
While reading take the time to ask yourself – “How does this Scripture pertain to me, or how could it…?” Esau finds himself being selfish, only thinking of immediate pleasure of filling his stomach. He should have taken a step back for a moment and realized that God would provide what was needed – he didn’t have to give up his birthright. Seek what you’re being satisfied with/in and ask is this good for immediate or for the future?

I've thought many times through reading over my notes and 
figuring out how to put them in words here that I'd like 
to sleep. But sleep now would only bring MANY more thoughts 
in my head from not finishing = displeasure, trying to get 
my immediate pleasure. So staying in the fruit here and 
sharing what I feel He wants me to share = future pleasure 
for His will to be done!

Another question you can ask yourself pertaining to Gen 25:34; “What birthright as God’s child have I possibly given up?”

Gen 26:7-11
Here Isaac chooses to lie as his father did (not telling the whole truth – Gen 12:10-14; 20:1-4) regarding his wife… we as parents need to gaurd our children by our own actions. My Bible notes share: Parents help shape the world’s future by the way they shape their children’s values. The first step toward heloping children live rightly is for the parents to live rightly. Your actions are often copied by those closest to you. What kind of example are you setting for your children?

Hoping you’re enjoying this journey and season of your life! I look forward to your comments.
God Bless, HL

Here I journal my thoughts and notes from what I read this week

(listed above). Please keep in mind I am a mere human with many

flaws and much curiosity. I love to learn new things and will

greatly appreciate any thoughts, comments, and/or questions

regarding any of our readings throughout this year - and please

know that you can jump in here at any time; you don't have to

start from the 1st of the year - you can catch up later if you

so desire! I love that we don't have to perfect to come to Him!

He loves us and gives us His Word as guidance throughout our

journey... delve into it and seek His wisdom.

One Response

  1. I love how you said that the best way to teach children to live rightly is for us to live rightly first, so they see it. The Bible says to be an example in our behavior, and to be very serious in that. I know that the enemy has plans even against the young, and we have to make sure we stand in the gap of the next generation by doing what is right in our own lives. Sometimes it is easy for me to feel sorry for myself about everything. And out of that, I start to grumble and complain. I feel justified in feeling this way, because”that just wasn’t right,” but when me son starts to feel sorry for himself and walk in complaining, even about the simplest things, I see that vicitim mentality and think to myself “That sure is stinkin thinkin.” The reason he does this, has a lot to do with the example I am setting for him in my own walk with the Lord. I don’t want my sins to overflow to my son. The enemy wants us to see ourselves instead of seeing the perfect God. He wants to destroy our offspring. And it is our job to stand against him, by standing in God’s perfect law of love-for Him.

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