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"There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil." Job 1:1 (NET)

“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter, as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit. Job 37:2–4 (NET)


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How to Read Job

by John Walton & Temper Longman

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     How to Read Job 

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      Hebrews: Developing Confidence for Reading the Letter

            by George H. Guthrie and Herbert W. Bateman IV  




Hebrews: Developing Confidence for Reading the Letter, is part of the Let’s Know the Bible series intended to build confidence in reading the Bible one book at a time. Bateman and Guthrie first examine the new covenant. Then Guthrie provides three ways to transform your reading of Hebrews. The book ends with a collection of short essays on building confidence for reading the Bible. The book is designed to be used with corresponding free videos clearly identified within the book and available for viewing under "Conferences."

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A Pastor’s Perspective — On Hebrews 11 

“Living Under A Cloud”
by Jason Holt

In our world of emojis, we tend to live under a cloud of feelings and desires, never escaping their incessant pull, enslaved to their every whim. Some young people grow up in the shadow of their earthly parents, whether they are present or not, constantly seeking their approval and affection, only to be rejected in despair. The cloud of past guilt, pain, or circumstance casts a large shadow for many of us. As a result, many live in the shadow of a wrong cloud that tends to further darkness and alienation. We cannot envision life beyond this cloud, even though on paper we believe God’s grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9).

In Hebrews 11:1-2, we find a different cloud, a cloud worth living under. We read, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (ESV).

This great cloud of witnesses, as we continue to read in Hebrews 11:3–12:1, includes a cast of faithful characters who found eternal acceptance with God despite waiting, suffering, rejection, and death. The author of Hebrews addresses an audience feeling similar pressures rise against them. Some have lost homes. Some have suffered imprisonment. Some have waited too long for God’s promises and wandered from Jesus. But the author of Hebrews wanted them to remain steadfast, faithful, living under the right cloud (10:32-39).

The characters in the cloud of witnesses are instructive. It starts with Abel, a young man who offers a right sacrifice to God only to be murdered by his brother. His good deeds and unjust end are instructive to us: “through his faith, though he died, he still speaks” (11:4). What is God trying to say to us through Abel’s example? 

Abraham, another character in this cloud, understands the agony of giving up both his only son and his family’s future as he comes within an inch of taking his Isaac’s life. Do we have the kind of confidence in God that Abraham does, who “considered that God was able even to raise him [Isaac] from the dead” (11:19)? His ruthless trust in God inspires us.

While Joseph and Moses experienced extreme highs and lows, they didn’t allow feelings or pleasure to dictate their lives. What are we to learn from their example of walking in faith instead of following feelings? And what about Gideon, Barak, Samson, David, and others? 

We certainly don’t want to follow the wrong cloud, but we must also remember that living under “great cloud of witnesses” (12:1, NIV) is not our end goal. The author of Hebrews challenges us to gain encouragement in our race of faith not from the cloud but by squarely fixing our gaze on the Christ (or the Messiah of promise). The cloud of witnesses inspires and instructs, but, more importantly, it points to “Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (12:2). When we turn our gaze to Jesus, we are no longer able to look at the shadows we once lived under because our gaze is fixed on him.

Pastor Jason Holt is a Church Planter in Chicago, IL. Jason Holt has recently moved to Chicago to plant churches after more than fifteen years of ministry coordination, church leadership, and higher education in Philadelphia, PA.


"A Pastor's Perspective" is a CCBS ministry directed by Timothy D. Sprankle, Senior Pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church. He solicits, collects, and edits all submissions before posting. He earned his B.A. (2001) and M.Div. degrees from Grace Theological Seminary (2004). 


Previously posted blogs are also available: "A Pastor's Perspective."


Special Post

A Special Post for the Nerdy Language Majors Facebook members: "The Minority Report. A Different Assessment for Interpreting Jude" by H.W. Bateman IV (2017). The article is an overview and introduction to Herbert W. Bateman's commentary on Jude published in the Evangelical Exegetical Commenary series with Lexham Press (digital version, 2015; hardcopy version, 2017).



Understanding the Gospels: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching (2017)

Interpreting the General Letters: An Exegetical Guide (2013)Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (2007)

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Jude (2015, 2017)

Jesus the Messiah:
Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King (2012)