Description: Our children are much the same way. We tend to have the Prodigals or the Pharisees. We tend to think of the Prodigals as hard to parent and we are always telling them the rules and the things that God requires. While the Pharisees actually seem to get either praised or largely ignored. After all, since they follow the rules, they require so much less…don’t they?
The truth of the matter is that our children can fall into both categories on any given day. Sometimes our rebellious children follow the rules for a while and it seems that we are making so much progress. And sometimes our rule-following children go through seasons of rebellion. The categories are not hard and fast but rather designed to be descriptive.
What we fail to remember is that the Gospel is not about following the rules to get saved. The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ obeyed the law perfectly for us. In other words, both our rebels and our rule-followers need the same thing. They need a Savior who has pleased God in all things and who has purchased their forgiveness by His death on the cross.
The ironic thing is that we fail to give either child the Gospel. The Prodigal just gets scolding and punishment. We tell them over and over what is expected…we tell them the rules. Our Pharisees get praised for doing the right thing.
Description: In chapter 4 the first of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, breaks the silence and provides council to Job. It is miserable council. Eliphaz believes that calamity only follows sin and so has already concluded that Job is in sin and calls for his repentance.
Job is discouraged by his friend and eventually turns his plead to God. In fact, Job is so discouraged that he requests God turn His gaze away from him and let him die in peace.
Description: John’s epistle is like looking through a kaleidoscope. He repeats the same truths, but from different perspectives. In this final chapter, John turns the kaleidoscope yet again to present a new view of the themes of loving God, loving the brethren, and obedience to God’s law. But this time we see it from the perspective of faith.
Description: The second section of the book of Jonah (chapters 3-4) begins in much the same fashion as the first section. In the first 2 verses we glean three important things about the way God extends His grace toward sinners. We see how God extended His grace toward Jonah and how He continues to extend His grace toward sinners today.
Description: Even thought he was known as “The Teacher of Israel,” Nicodemus has his ignorance and unbelief of the scriptures exposed by Jesus. The truth that Jesus taught to Nicodemus and teaches the world today is “believe”.
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