Crusts of Hearsay

I enjoy Bible Trivia Games. I learn each time I play. I don’t know everything and never will but I get over 85% of the answers.

My friend Mike thinks I know more than I do. He loves asking me questions. The hardest one?

“Why?”

I answer to the best of my knowledge. But I’m relying on things I heard in sermons or read in books. They are not always accurate.

Job 40:3-5, “Job answered:

(4) ‘I’m speechless, in awe – words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth!

(5) I’ve talked too much, way too much. I’m ready to shut up and listen.'” The Message

I think it’s best to answer with scripture. Sometimes, the Bible explains why but not always.

Job 42:1-6, “Job answered:

(2) ‘I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.

(3) You asked, “Who is muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing My purposes?” I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head.

(4) You told me, “Listen, and let Me do the talking. Let Me ask the questions. You give the answers.”

(5) I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand – from my own eyes and ears!

(6) I’m sorry – forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.'” The Message

Quoting sermons and books could be “crusts of hearsay and crumbs of rumor.” Citing a Bible verse never is.

Proverbs 7:1-2, “Dear Friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions.

(2) Do what I say and you’ll live well.” The Message

Careful instructions are found in the Bible. Reading it and obeying what He says is the secret to living well.

September 7, 2019: Job 40-42; Ezra 1.

“2019 Relevant Bible Reading Guide”

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