The Last Word? Job 25-26. RBT Notes 18th, January

One more word from Bildad, and one more (lengthy) response from Job, and then the book will take a different turn. Unsurprisingly, much the same ground is gone over. Bildad savages this poor wounded sheep again. His words are true, and there is much in them which should lift our hearts to worship. God is full of dominion, and His greatness should fill us with awe (25.2). Noone can be righteous before Him (vv.4-6). Well said, preacher. But one of his servants is again being kicked when he’s already down. This “maggot” Job knows his maggotiness all too well: now Job needs balm, not bruises. Bildad’s not the man to give the medicine, though he should be.

Hear the scorn in Job’s voice. He looks for comforters, and there are none (26.1-4). And yes, Job has his worship, too, his exalted vision of a magnificent God. Job’s Lord rules death and the dead (vv.6-7), moves on the clouds and rules the sun, moon and seas (vv.5-11), strikes His enemies (vv.112-13), and possesses a majesty which even His own worshipers have barely, barely even started to comprehend. A word to make our praise flow. A word, too, to stifle the hasty arrogance with which we claim to speak knowledgeably about God. Bildad, take note. Other would-be Bildads, watch your tongues, too.

 

A Prayer to Pray

Lord of Glory! There is a time to be quiet, to consider my thoughts, and my words. Your holiness and Your might should be marshaled to strike me down, sinner as I am; and yet You have displayed Your holy might in working my salvation at the cost of Your precious Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. May my words be few, my speculations about You clothed with reverence, and my worship be marked by wonder and delight,. You are God, and all that You do, though so often misunderstood by me or kept from my sight, is good. Amen.

Perfect Power – Psalm 93. RBT Notes, 14th May, notes by Graham Thomson

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1.   In what ways does the Psalmist want to remind us of who God is and how He rules over the world (vv. 1-4)?

2.  How does v. 5 help us to see how God rules over His people, with His law, in order to bless them?
3.  How does this reminder of God’s might, grace and holiness help us to have confidence in a changing and fallen world?
A Prayer to Pray
Father, thankyou that You are mightier than anything in the world You have created.  Thankyou that You reign over all things for Your glory and Your people’s good.  Thankyou that You rule over our hearts in order to make us more like Jesus.  Lord, please give me grace to live with confidence in Your sovereignty and Your goodness.

This God – Psalm 76. RBT Notes, 25th April

 

  1. “In Judah God is known” (v.1). Reflect on the first three verses. How do they encourage and remind you that the Lord is discovered especially among His people?

 

  1. A God of beauty, judgement and salvation (vv.4-9). Reflect on how each of these truths are discovered in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Is your view of God too small? How will vv.10 and 12 help you to have a truer vision of God, and to live out v.11 more fully, in the Spirit’s power?

 

 

A Prayer to Pray

Righteous Father, You are the only true, wise and majestic God. I repent of my shallow, irreverent thoughts of You. Teach me Yourself, through your Son, that I may rejoice with trembling, and live before You, humble, satisfied and devoted. Amen.

 

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Brilliant – Revelation 1.9-18. RBT Notes, 2nd February

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Why don’t we use the word “brilliant” when we’re talking about the Lord Jesus Christ? For one thing, it means “shining”, and Jesus shines out the glory of God into a dark world. Because of that, there is no one like Jesus. His dazzling power, beauty, holiness and love put Him in a category of one. He is brilliant. Can you think of another, better word?

The Jesus John sees on Patmos is brilliant. A voice comes to him, giving him a message to record to seven churches (vv.10-11), and he turns to see his Lord. His description of Jesus reaches deep into images from Ezekiel and Daniel, and they are all pictures of majesty and lordship (vv.12-16). These details teach us that Jesus rules, sees, and commands. Jesus is dressed as a priest, and John can never forget that His offering for sin has reconciled him and all believers to God. The vision also teaches that He is eternal. Doesn’t Jesus Himself proclaim the good news we so need to hear (vv.17-18)?

Like us, John doesn’t need a pat on the back in his suffering, he needs to know that ruling over all things is a God of unimaginable greatness, who has conquered death. That is a message for all the world and the church to be confronted by (vv.19-20).

In the world we distrust power. Power spells pride, manipulation and worse. In Jesus, though, we see true power. Jesus is the brilliant majesty of God. His power comes to us in salvation and assurance. He is the only power we can fall down before with absolute trust, and with joyful surrender. Will we?

 

A Prayer to Pray

Lord Jesus Christ, Glory of the Father, Lord of all, Judge of the World, Saviour of the Church, I bow before you. In Your hands are my life and my eternal hope. Lord, above my trials today, let me see Your majesty, resting confident in Your work, completed at the Cross. And may it be a delight to call on Your saving name this day. Amen.