Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 3 – Nehemiah, Esther, and Job

– The wealthy people did not help in the rebuilding by physical labor. Why mention that?

3:12 “He and his daughters made repairs.”

– I love that Nehemiah had spiritual discernment and recognized when either God or the enemies were at work.

– The written record of those who had return within Levi still kept track of the positions they were born to do.

– They consulted the ummin and thummin to decide if a family was valid to serve in the priesthood. This and the linen ephod (sleeveless priestly garment).

– The people asked Ezra to read Torah to them.

– Ezra stood on a platform above the people. So that is where that practice started.

– When Ezra opened the scroll, the people stood up. The Jews still do that today.

– “…for all the people wept when they heard the words of Torah.”

– “…the joy of the Lord is our strength.”

– “From the days of Joshua until this time, the children of Israel did not [celebrate Succoth].” There is a lot they didn’t do after Joshua passed.

– They should have separated from the foreigners back in Babylon, but some were with foreigners in Judah, too.

– They mourned over their fathers’ sins and their own sins.

– They struggled to keep the Sabbath yet again.

– Nehemiah cracked down hard on everybody. even beating people up because their children spoke a foreign language. Dude was not perfect.

– The comments over Vashti’s disobedience causing the women to rebel against their husbands demonstrates the importance of influence. Do we truly understand this today?

– Mordecai’s concern for her welfare is touching.

– Xerxes had a second gathering of virgins. Why?

– Haman was going to pay the king for the permission to kill the Jews, coupled with puffing the king up. Ego is a monster.

– Having an evil obsession is sure way to ruin.

– I think this book exists to get us to recognize and practice seeing God at work.

– Haman forced to honor Mordecai, LOL! Yes, Father Yah has a sense of humor, but also reminds us through this Who is in control.

– Esther humbled herself as she made her request to save herself and her people.

– The two different official declarations forced people to choose to do the right thing.

– Even Mordecai had a moment in which he had to submit to Esther’s directions.

– Some foreigners converted because of the fear of the Jews. When needed, Our King will place His fear upon our enemies.

– “…the day in which the Jews had rest from their enemies.” Rest = His working Will and our trust in it.

– Hearing about another missing book make me sad.

– The adversary does some of God’s dirty work; curses (negative reactions to an agreement), demons/evil spirits, and humans make up the rest.

– Someone pointed out to me how little the adversary is in Scripture. This mean the onus is on us.

– “[In distress], Job… fell to the ground and worshiped.” We are supposed to do this!

– God to the adversary, “You incited me against him.” Ay? The King of Creation used reverse psychology on the adversary. This is amusing…

– Job waxing poetic on hating his life at the moment.

3:14 “…kings and rulers of the earth, who built ruins for themselves.” I just realized they had those even back then, LOL!

– Were Job’s friends actually jealous of the man’s former prosperity/reputation and found an opportunity to catch him faltering?

– I hate the way chapters are divided, making it look like its a separate thought. My pastor said it is because they numbered the whole Bible by the length of the scrolls.

– Eliphaz’s spirit visitor was not a good one.

– Listening to these friends, one will have to have some serious discernment, so much mixture in what they say. Use Scripture to verify the truth.

6:10 “…though in anguish, I will exalt.” Once again, we are to praise the Lord even over the evil in our lives, for everything is for our good, although we may not see it yet.

7:1718 “What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him, That You should visit him every morning, And test him every moment?” Job’s complaint remind me of David’s (Psalm 8:4, Psalm 144:3, Hebrews 2:6). I am sure David knew the book/story well.

9:17 “For He crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause.” This reminds me of Naomi’s complaint, “Call me Mara [bitter], for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” We usually never notice the cause (the “why did this happen”) until we seek the Lord in earnest. May He reward those who do. Amen.

10:8 “Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me?” A personal touch indeed.

13:4 “But you forgers of lies, you are all worthless physicians.” Job getting nasty here. I still contend his so-called friends found an opportunity to down him.

13:15 “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him.” Ah, that is where that comes from. More evidence that we are, in His Name, to celebrate and embrace trials.

13:23 “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.” We can ask this.

14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!” but God can and did—His Son in the flesh.

19:17b “And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.” I thought they had died? Is he speaking of children from slaves (Ew) or using hyperbole? I reckon the latter.

– “I know that my Redeemer lives. … I will see Him in the flesh.” Amen.

– “And what prosperity will we have if we pray to Him?” A great description of the wealthy who ignore God.

– Job is too far on the negative side of life.

– Eliphaz, ugh, shut up, looking for evil when there is none.

22:16 “Who were cut down before their time, Whose foundations were swept away by a flood [river]?” The flood of Noah or a regular one?

23:10 “When He has tested me, I shall go forth as gold.” Job understands testing and trials, but presumes it is for the wicked only, like his friends do.

– “They spend the night naked, for they have no covering against the cold.” Can you imagine, being so poverty-stricken, that you don’t own a stitch of clothes?

27:1112 “I will teach you about the hand of God. What is with the Almighty I will not conceal. Surely all of you have seen it? Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?” Job assumes they know personally the works (hand) of God, so their accusations against him are unfounded. This means we also should be able to see God at work in our lives.

– Job understands Ecclesiastes 1:18 “For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”

– “For behold, the fear of the Lord. That is wisdom.” If you understand Who and What Yah is, you will fear Him, be in awe of Him, respect His Will, and obey.

– “No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies.” Reminds me of Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.”

– “…when the friendly counsel of God was over my tent.” Now, He dwells in tents not made with human hands [John 14:23, Acts 7:48, Ephesians 3:17, Ephesians 2:22, Romans 8:9, 1 Peter 2:5] and wants to be friends with us [Matthew 12:50, John 15:1415] as He did with Moses [Exodus 33:11, Numbers 12:8, Deuteronomy 34:10].

36:27-29 “For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist, Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.” Before the flood, there was no rain, for a mist came through the ground and watered everything. “…on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” So, this story takes place after Noah’s flood.

38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” A mere thought in your mind, O Infinite One.

38:5-6 “Who determined [the Earth’s] measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone?” sounds like Proverbs 8:29 and Isaiah 40:12.

– “…when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” The angels.

– God describes His perfect Order in function, how His Order keeps us live and moving.

– He controls man, too, according to His Will (instruction) and Purpose (His reason for creation).

– The Father likes His creation, even the large beasts.

– Leviathan sneezes (or snorts) light? LOL!

– Eliphaz and the other two had to set up altars and sacrifices to redeem themselves from Yah’s wrath, to open the way for Job to pray over them as a priest (representative or ambassador) to the Most High Elohim.

– Everyone close to Job recognized the Lord’s work upon him, comforted him, and even gifted him with money. Do we honor the living touched by God today? Do we celebrate His Work in, around, and through our lives and others?

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