What a week of reading this is! We’ll be in two very different books, from two very different situations, but God is honored in both.
First, we’ll read Esther. It’s a beautiful short story that takes place far away from Israel, in Babylon/Persia. It’s filled with enough palace intrigue, plots and subplots to keep anyone engaged and interested for days.
Also, as the last of the history books, Esther closes out that section of the Bible’s library. Plus, it’s the story that started the celebration of Purim, so in this teaching we take an overview of the Jewish holidays.
Then we’ll begin the next section of the Bible, as Job starts the books of Wisdom (aka Poetry). In these first chapters, we’ll see a conversation between God and Satan that sets up a horrific set of circumstances in the life of Job. We’ll also meet Job’s friends, who start their visit well, only to turn badly after a while.
This is a head-scratching story that we’ll only begin to get into this week. But in this teaching, we’ll point out some ways to read Job for deeper clarity and enrichment.
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After listening, take the next week to read the passage on your own. This time you’ll have a clearer understanding of it.
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