Posts by John Stephen Smith (Page 25)

Shiphrah & Puah Protect Israel

An amazing thing about the bible and all the bible characters we have been and are about to study is this. They are regular human beings doing their jobs and fulfilling a need in their lives or in others in a Godly fashion. Shiphrah and Puah were two such real people. They, (perhaps along with many others) went about their occupation to help deliver the Hebrew babies. They were midwives this was their job. In the midst of doing their…

Lessons from the Life of Joseph

The life of Joseph seems to be an incredible journey. From favored son to slave to prisoner to jailer and dream interpreter and then over all Egypt just under Pharaoh.  Finally, the savior of the people of God who had sold him into slavery 20 plus year later. Indeed Joseph life was incredible. Yet it is a life which can, and often does resemble many today. By way of example he was both loved and hated within his own family.…

Job; The Right Stuff of His Friends.

Anyone who has been following these weekly articles knows we have been camping out in the Book of Job. There have been many great lessons in the first few passages, some of which we have presented. The remainder of the book contains several conversations between Job & his three friends, and Elihu a young acquaintance of the friends and Job. Also included toward the end is God’s discourse, and should not be missed. With this in mind we need to…

God, Satan, Man- A trilogy of Life’s Struggles

As we have noted in our last article the scene for the book of Job was set in the first few verses. The unthinkable trilogy, God, Satan and Man. While it is an unthinkable trilogy it is a familiar one. Certainly, this trilogy has been in existence from the time of Adam and Eve. Man as always sought to please our Creator through our lives and have had to struggle to ward off the temptations of the evil one. As…

Job; “Greatest of all the People of the East”

Certainly, the text describes a man of great wealth, great family ties and great influence in his region of the world. The phrase “Greatest of all the people of the East” clearly express the thoughts of all who knew him but also of what God thought of him as well. Job was highly thought of and his viewpoint sought after not only because he had great wealth but because he followed after God and worked hard to maintain that relationship…