Grab Bag for the lambs and sheep, about Job and the strengthening

Welcome to this weeks Grab Bag! For those of you who don’t know what this is, let me explain. Each week I post a “Grab Bag”, I try to get it on Monday but this week is a little hectic with appointments for our soon-to-be-here-lord-willing child. Also, If you leave questions in the comments, then I will reply and also add those questions to the podcast. If you email me questions related to this post then I will also add those to the podcast episode. During the episode I will go in a little more detail than I could using the blog. Last weeks episode got postponed due to some scheduling conflicts. You can expect one this coming Saturday. I will have last weeks Grab Bag and this weeks Grab Bag in the next episode. So if you have any questions you want to get in from last weeks, then hop to! The title of the Grab Bag is usually something funky, a mix of all the things in the post, and by the time you get through the post you will understand the title… I hope :) At the end of each question I leave a question for you to respond with. I will also go over the scriptures, in the podcast, which I found for the answers to the questions as well. So anyway, here it goes!

Two questions are here from Josh.

In John 21:15, Jesus asked Peter 3 times. The question is: why did he ask him those three times? -Josh

John 21:15-17
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

To understand this verse of scripture you need to understand what it means to love God. To love God is to obey his commandments from John 14:15, 21. God was asking Peter if he loved him. Peter said he loved him, so God’s commandment to him was, “Feed my lambs” the first time. The second and third time was to “Feed my sheep”. So he wanted Peter to feed his sheep twice as much as his lambs. Now my question is, how do you feed his sheep? Please use scripture for your answers.

Job was perfect and upright, why did all of the bad things happen to him? -Josh

Job 1:1
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Among many other good things which God had blessed him with. So the question here is, knowing “he was perfect and upright” from the scripture, why did he lose everything?

5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

So, he had a concern for his children, hoping they wouldn’t sin and if they did then he gave offerings to cover their sin. So from my understanding, Job feared this may have happened. So he gave offerings continually.

And then what happened?

He lost it all it according to the rest of chapters one and two. The devils work of course.

Job 3:25
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

Job knew that which he greatly feared had come upon him, and that which he was afraid had come unto him. So, the direct answer to the question is: because he feared these things, these things happened to him. Now my question to you is, what are we suppose to fear?

What does Phillipians 4:13 mean? -Olive

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Ok, lets dissect it:
“I” – meaning me
“can do all things” – can do all things
“through Christ” – through Jesus
“which strengtheneth me” – which strengthens me

So, all things which strengthen me I can do through Christ. I can only do all things through Christ, “only if it strengthens me”. And question for you: what is a good strengthener? :)

Don’t forget to listen to the next podcast episode for all of the other answers! :) If you want to send me a recording of yourself answering the questions, then please email it to I will even play it on the show. :D All relevant emails are read there as well.

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