Benefits of the Fear of the Lord

Twice in today’s Bible reading* are statements concerning the fear of the Lord. This is a common theme in the Book of Proverbs. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD prolongs life,but the years of the wicked are…

What is the Ultimate Prize?

Ask a musician, “What is the ultimate prize?” You’ll probably hear a double-platinum album. Ask an actor, “What is the ultimate prize?” You may hear, “An Oscar” or “A Tony”. Ask an athlete, “What is the ultimate prize?” You may hear, “An Olympic Gold Medal.” Now, ask a Christian, “What is the Ultimate Prize?” Today’s…

God Afflicted Job

Job teaches us an important lesson in today’s Bible reading. If you remember from our first day of reading this book, Satan approached God and obtained permission to afflict Job. But Job says in 19:21b that God has afflicted him. So who was it? Was it Satan or was it God? Why would Job even…

Abraham Offers His Only Son — His “Only” Son?

Abraham offers his only son in today’s Bible reading*. Yes, you read that correctly: “his only son”. But didn’t Abraham have a son by Sarah’s servant Hagar? Yes, he did. Ishmael was born fourteen years before Isaac. So why does Moses refer to Isaac as Abraham’s “only” son? Elsewhere we’re told that Isaac was Abraham’s…