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And they all lived happily ever after…

Unexpected as it is, the Book of Job really does end this way. Gone are the days of darkness and gloom. Spring has arrived. God’s favor returns. His face shines on Job once more. Are the memories of Job’s pain erased? No! But, they are built upon so as to make the past a little less painful...


Did you ever ask yourself, Why did God make the hippopotamus?

Strange question? Yes! Especially in the context Job was in. Imagine it! Job is dying; he has suffered incalculable loss and pain. And He is asked: "Did you ever think about the hippopotamus?" You have to admit, this is a little weird.

Actually, the creature God alludes to in chapter 40 is not...


Asaph, the Jerusalem choir-director, found himself in a similar position to Job. Wickedness was rewarded and godliness punished; or, so it seemed to Asaph. Life did not make a great deal of sense. "When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me," (Psa 73:16) he confessed. Trying to make sense of God’s ways in this world gave him a headache!

Job is aching...


The three friends have been reduced to silence; they are all "talked out." They have failed in their attempt to get Job to say, "This is all my fault!"

Suddenly, we learn that there is a fourth counselor present, — Elihu by name and younger than either Bildad, Zophar or Eliphaz. Until now, he has been silent, but anger explodes ѕ both at the three inept...


There is a hymn, the second verse of which goes like this:

He formed the stars, those heavenly flames, He counts their numbers, calls their names; His wisdom’s vast, and knows no bound, A deep where all our thoughts are drowned.

This is Isaac Watts’ attempt to render a part of Psalm 147 into verse. "His wisdom’s...


Those who have suffered great loss will tell you: they coped whenever the trial first came; it is when it refuses to go away that the trouble begins.

My pain is not relieved…it does not go away. (16:6)

My spirit is broken…(17:1)

Job has begun to think the unthinkable. He has begun to think that God has become his enemyѕ that God...


How I wish we had an arbitrator to step in and let me get on with life— To break God’s grip on me, to free me from this terror so I could breathe again. Then I’d speak up and state my case boldly. As things stand, there is no way I can do it. (1) Thus Eugene Peterson renders...


Job has grieving for seven days. Three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar have joined him, but have thus far said nothing (2:13). There are times when words fail. There are times when silence is the best therapy.

But then comes chapter 3! Here we encounter a darkness of the soul that will shock some who read it. "Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of...


Job’s friends have so far said nothing. They have sat in silence with Job as he grieved the loss of his children, and felt the pain take hold of his body (2:11-13). Sometimes it is right to say nothing.

But the situation changes from this point onwards. Job’s friends can keep their peace no more. What is it that they say? There are some subtle nuances...


Job has lost everything! His livelihood, his possessions, and more poignantly, his childrenѕ all ten of them in one swoop!

It is difficult to imagine a greater trial than that. But, Job’s response has been breathtaking: he has responded by saying:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;...


During the years 1643-1666 (almost 24 years) Joseph Caryl, a Congregationalist minister who was present at The Westminster Assembly, preached some 250 lectures on Job! In the final lecture he apologizes, saying: "I have not attained so clear an understanding of some passages…" That may be your verdict on Job, too. You have read it, but what does it mean?

There is perhaps no greater, and...

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Matthew 6:13 "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one"

This text brings us to the end of the series on the Lord’s Prayer. It is a passage, as we have seen, that contains much more truth than we commonly think it does like a diamond it can reflect fresh light enhancing its beauty as we examine it more closely. It is a passage...

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Matthew 6:12 "Forgive us our debts…"

Bishop Ryle’s book, Holiness was first published in last quarter of the nineteenth century, reprinted in 1956 and has remained in print ever since Surprisingly, it opens with a chapter on sin. The opening sentence has always struck me as an example of how to ensure that a book will never be read: "He that wishes to attain to right views about...

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When I was first converted, almost 30 years ago now, ѕ I was, as you say, a college freshman ѕ my great consuming need or so I thought, was a car. And I did what I thought the Bible expected of me, I prayed for one. My prayers were simple and earnest: I didn’t ask for a Cadillac, just a...

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The Lord's Prayer - 7 Matthew 6:10 Thy Will be Done Dr. Thomas

The third petition of the Lord’s Prayer, "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt 6:10), brings into sharp focus that God is the chief the concern of this prayer and not us. Three petitions exalting God come first: his name, his kingdom, his will are to be our preoccupation whenever...

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Thy Kingdom Come

Folk discovering the Lord’s Prayer for the first time may be excused in thinking that some of its petitions do not say a great deal. This one, for example: "Thy Kingdom come…" We might be excused in thinking that this is a prayer for missions and leave it at that. In that case, turning to The Larger Catechism will edify:

In the second...

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Hallowed be Thy name…

Even a cursory reading of the Bible will reveal that names are important to the biblical writers. Some will recall recent expositions of Genesis where the text was a list of names! Some of you are intensely interested in your family names, proudly declaring Scottish or Irish or, as in one case, a Welsh ancestry. I vividly recall having...

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"Pray, then, in this way…" (Matt. 6:9)

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