Job12 & 13:19

Job rebuts Zophar.

Vv11-13 Young man, wisdom comes from obedience to God’s word not knowledge. Psalm 119.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Psalms 111:10 ESV

Godly vs worldly wisdom

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17 ESV

Vv17-25 rymes and reversals.

Suffering makes you ask the bigger questions.

No need to defend God. Defend the hope that is in you. Just simply proclaim what He said about Himself.

Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one deceives a man?
Job 13:9 ESV


Progressive sanctification


Why does this apparently contradict with Salvation by grace alone?

God has planted the seed and we are responsible for it’s growth.

1cor9:24 we are in a race. We do not participate to lose. Mental toughness.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5

We like to blame everything but ourselves. James 1:12-15

Job11 pt1

Zophar, the follies of youth. He is viciously attacking all four, not just Job. He specifically concludes Job’s theology is wrong despite all the freshly dug graves.

Vv6 Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves. This is so wrong. God is so complex, therefore you are guilty. Zophar is taking nonsense and arrogant. Words are cheap. Zophar is preaching in rage. Never use the word of God to scold others, that is scandalous. Zophar does not know God – just because he can wax eloquent theology. You think you are cool because you have mastered some theology?

Vv11-12 resulting to insults.

Job 8 pt1 

Consider what elders say. 

Bildad is much like a Singaporean. Cause and effect. Each man comes to job with their own agenda. 

Vv2 Job was praying in the previous chapter. Bildad is blunt. Vv4 devoid of truth and tact. Job loved his children. None of Job’s friend answered his question. Why am I suffering? Vv9 Traditionalist not grounded in God’s word. 

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Innocent suffering gives gracious favor before God. God’s ways are not man’s ways. 

Vv14 a foolish arrogance that holds onto a spiders web. Vv18 this plant has spread itself so fast and wide that it cannot sustain itself. 

Don’t induce theology from creation. Yes created nature reveals God but it does not saves sinners. Use biblical illustrations.  

Mat13:5 13:21 and Job8:17. Jesus was alluding to Job. 

Mat 13:34-35 

Pauline principal of evangelism


Paul wanted to reach the Jews with the gospel. Acts16:3. Acts18. Acts21. 

Those under the law. The religious leaders. Luke 11:46. Ephesians 2:8-9. Salvation by faith alone. 

Those outside the law. Gentiles, atheists etc.  

The weak. Physically weak, neglected by society. 

Why did Paul rebuke Peter? Ephesians 2:7-14. 

Your heavenly crown is the result of you being the instrument in sharing the gospel. 

Be a friend to the unsaved.

Job 7

Vv1. Man has to work hard for his fruits. Forced into military training. A slaves who works in the field yearns for shade. Vv4 Sleeplessness. Job did not find relief in day or night.

Vv9-10 first time sheol is mentioned in the Bible. Luke 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Do you talk to God? Do you know God? Do you love Him? Vv 11 onwards righteous complaint. Vv12 does Job need to be under constant surveillance?

Vv17. Why are you picking on me?vv21 God why won’t you forgive me?

Vv17 is psa 8. David is quoting from Job.

The theology of retribution. God’s thoughts are far above yours. Higher.


He leadeth me


Be careful not to stumble the weaker brother. Meat offered to idols seems outdated in Singapore? Some closer to this generation: expensive cars, movies. 

The stronger Christian. One willingly to withhold himself. Liberty in living but would choose to be deprived for the weaker Christian around him. The word of God dictates his life. 

Why do the weak have all the consessions? Spiritual babes. Those who have not put to death their old self. Vv7 have you forgotten what you were like before you knew Christ?

God is in control 

By Justin Peters

Dan 1

Daniel is being careful with the names he uses. Vv2 The Lord gave. Daniel, God is my judge. 

Vv8 why did they say no? He made up his mind not to defile himself. So that when the temptations come you don’t fold. Daniel wanted all the glory to go to God. Resulute attitude towards God. Imagine the temptation. Four young men not bending the knee. 

Vv9 God honored their obedience. Sometimes you see the reward sometimes you don’t. But one blessing you will recieve is clear conscience.  

Do not succumb to worldliness. Do you love the Lord or your sin? Salvation is not resolution it is direction. 

Solus Scriptura

By Justin Peters 

Luke 16:19-31

Lazarus means God helps. You and I are spiritually helpless. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. God is the ultimate good judge and He must punish sin. If we could work our way into heaven then the cross is meaningless .

Death is the great equalizer. Vv 22 pallbearers​ were angels. Vv24 the most terrifying thing about hell is God, in His mode of judgement. Rev 14  Father Abraham. This tells us he had head knowledge of the Bible. Send Lazarus – hell does not mean repentance. Let the word of Christ dwell richly in us. Make sure that head knowledge penetrates the heart. 1 Cor 6. Washed, justified and sanctified.  

A worldly is nothing more than intellectual ascent – We try to cover our sin. A Goldy sorrow leads to repentance and salvation. PSA 51. It grieves a Christian.