Happy Monday! to all. This is the last Monday in June. Lord willing, a week from today we will have embarked upon July. 😕 Some may like this. Wife doesn't, she prefers the cooler weather. My morose nature causes me to realize that the days are getting progressively, if slowly at first, shorter and shorter, a lousy condition that will extend into late December and the bitter cold of NE Ohio. But we'll accept it as we have little choice.
She slept pretty well. And, first thing she did today, while still in bed, was to call the dentist office and advise of the VERY painful boil on her gum by the bad tooth, and to inquire/suggest about different antibiotics to deal with the very obvious infection. Dentist agreed, and was to call in a prescription for a more specialized antibiotic to the pharmacy. So, after eating a bit and getting her situated, I headed out to the pharmacy. Only to discover that they hadn't gotten around to checking all their voicemails (the dentist office opened before the pharmacy did) so they didn't have it yet. I waited. 20 minutes later, I was told that they had gotten the message, but only had enough of the drug to partially fill the prescription. "half a loaf" I thought, and told them to go ahead. Half an hour later, they let me know it was ready, two days' worth anyway, and the rest would be delivered to them tomorrow so I have to go back. So all that is done and I finally made it home. All of which pretty well ate up the morning. So much for all of the stuff on my personal "to-do" list.
But while there and waiting, I was able to use the "Blue Letter Bible" app on my phone, and to read the days' passages in several other versions, in addition to my "normal" KJV and NKJV version, at least one does a better job on today's.
Today's "high" temperature is supposed to be 67°. Yes. In the 60's in late June. That is 20° colder than our former home in central Alabama, 14° lower than our former home in East Tennessee, and 20° below our former home in western Arkansas. Oh, well.
Today's reading in the Old Testament is chapters 7, 8, and 9 of the book of Job.
Lots of us can "identify" with Job. Most of us have had Bad Things happen with no apparent good reason. Most of us have looked towards Heaven and cried "WHY?????". Job was not the last. So, to an extent, his plight is universal.
But, sadly, many of us, and I include myself, have also been like his "friends". Full of "wise" words that are both unhelpful and unloving. Full of .... well, something. I've been guilty, certainly.
And it is certainly possible to be both honest and wrong. Examples are not hard to find.
As noted above, I really think that this passage, at the least, is better rendered in the Holman version than in the KJV, at least so it seems to me.
(by the way, there are some great and free, Bible study links available on-line here).
Job's Reply to Bildad
Our New Testament reading (KJV by the way) is verses 44-60 from chapter 7 in the Acts of the Apostles. This is the completion of Steven's address to the religious authorities, and his (earthly) death. He was faithful to the end.