How careful do you think Moses was before he struck down the Egyptian? He may have looked both ways before he crossed that street, but he was not careful enough. Since he had not already written Numbers 32:23, we can cut him some slack. Maybe at the time he did not know God would say "Be sure your sin will find you out".
What we think is done in secret is always observed by the all knowing God. We live our lives constantly before His face.
Lord God, I cannot hide my sin from You. Please help me hide Your word in my heart so I may not sin against You.
"The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins". I know from Matthew 28:18 that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, but His authority to forgive sin always causes me to stop and think. If I did something wrong to you and an uninvolved third person came along and forgave me of the wrong to you, we would both think that was impossible. Who has the right to forgive me but the one I have wronged? Yet Jesus claims that authority. Why? Because ultimately everything I do wrong is against God. In Psalm 51:4, after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and having Uriah murdered, David says to God, "Against you, you only, have I sinned". Obviously David had sinned against others but he understood that ultimately it was God he had wronged.
Jesus, You do have all authority; You are King of kings and Lord of lords. When I live as if I am the authority, my rebellion is always against You. May I be ever mindful of what it cost You to forgive me. Thank You.
There are so many people I want to visit after Jesus comes. Obviously, don't we all want to sit at His feet and hear Him teach? I will no longer be envious of the men on the road to Emmas in Luke 24:13-27. There are many people I have known that are already with Jesus who I need to thank. Many people from the Bible will be fascinating to know. But Job is in my top five.
This passage is one of the reasons for him being ranked so high. There are so many questions about his life after these tribulations. How did people respond to him later? Wasn't he thankful God did not take his life? Was he surprised his words were inscribed in a book? But the most important is how did you come to the realization of your statement in Job 19:25-27. What led you to this point? I have read how Abraham, Moses and Paul came to know and experience God, but what about Job?
Father, thank You for bringing each of Your children to Yourself through such different circumstances and ways. Thank You for the insight Jesus gives us in John 6:37-40. Holy Spirit, thank You for revealing to us all the fact that "my Redeemer lives". Even though I die I will live and see Him for myself; because He lives, I will live also (John 14:19).