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June 24: Acts 7:22-43, Job 1,2

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 7:22-43; Job 1,2

God's love is clearly revealed in Acts today when He speaks to Moses and says He has seen the oppression of the children of Israel and is coming to deliver them. God's love for Job is seen today in His regard for Job as a blameless, upright man, who fears God and shuns evil.

I see the gospel in Acts, as Stephen continues to recount the history of the Jews, he speaks of God having compassion and coming to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage. In the same way, Jesus came to deliver us from the bondage of sin. Jesus is also spoken of prophetically by Moses when he says, "The Lord shall raise up from you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear." Jesus was more than a prophet, He is God. Jesus is typifyed in the burnt offerings Job offered every morning for his children.

These verses were meaningful to me today: "Him you shall hear." Acts 7:37 and "Job would send and sanctify them, and would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings...thus Job did regulary." Job 1:5

I hear God saying today: Listen to the voice of Jesus and continue regulary with Me in the morning in prayer, Bible study and intercession for others.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 97 - 102

June 25: Acts 7:43-60; Job 3,4

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 7:43-60; Job 3,4

Today was not an easy read. Stephen preaches his last sermon and gets stoned to death. Job wishes that he could die or that he waasn't even born. His "so called" friend basically says that it is because he has sinned that he is suffering. In Job it was aparent that Job, in his distress, couldn't see God's character of love. His friend seemed to have some misconceptions about God's character. I have some take aways with Stephen in Acts. He preached his last sermon, which exalted Christ as the Just One who was crucified and murdered, he was filled with the Holy Spirit, his message cost him his life, but his death planted a seed in Saul/Paul that would ultimately ignite the gospel being sent to the gentiles. Lord, today I hear you saying to beware of misconceptions of Your character, be filled with the Holy Spirit and preach like I could die and it is my last sermon.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs 97 - 102    

July 10: Acts 16:22-40; Job 41-42

Today's Bible Reading: Acts 16:22-40; Job 41-42

The word of God is speaking with such relevance today. The love of God shines forth in the rejoicing that is brought about in the jailer's house because he believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus had set him and his household free just like the prisoners. The good news about Jesus is seen in these words, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31). The Holy Spirit really spoke to me in Acts 16:25, "But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them."

In Job I see the love of God in the way He blessed Job in his latter days more than in his beginning. The good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is seen in the burnt offerings that God commanded Job's friends to offer for their "folly." Then Job, who was acceptable to God, prayed for them that they might be forgiven. Jesus is our sacrificial offering. His sacrifice was acceptable to God and He now intercedes for us in heaven as our High Priest! The Holy Spirit really spoke to me through Job 42:10, "And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."

I can hear God saying to me today: In the midnights of your life, sing praises to Me and I will bring about your deliverance. I will break the chains in your life and others. Let others bear witness and hear the testimony of your song. Increase your efforts in interceding for others and I will restore to you twice and you had before.

Supplimental Reading: Acts of the Apostles pgs  211 - 220