Today’s Old Testament chronological reading is in Job 7 and 8.
The Psalms/ Proverbs reading is in Psalm 10.
The New Testament reading is in Matthew 8.
What is man, that You should magnify him, and that You should set Your heart upon him; and that You should remember him every morning, and try him every moment? Job 7:17-18
Arise, O YHVH! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble. Psa 10:12
While Job in his speech (Job 6:1-7:21) laments that his trouble stems from YHVH continually watching him, remembering him; David asks the question all of us ask at one time or another: Why have you forgotten me, O God?
Hebrew root words.
To remember. Strong’s H6485 פקד paqad, a primitive root meaning, “to visit.”
To forget. Strong’s H7911 שכח shakach, a primitive root meaning, “to forget, to ignore.” The 3-letter root is shin + kaph + chet.
shin ש = two front teeth, thus sharp, press, eat, two, again
kaph כ, ך = the open palm, thus bend, open, allow, tame
chet ח = the wall, thus outside, divide, half
The story. Breath passes through the teeth (shin) as an opening (kaph) in a wall (chet). When we forget something, it escapes us as breath escapes the body. How interesting, though, the implication that what we remember we keep enclosed within a wall or a fortification.
However, the Psalm does not close until David has declared the truth, that YHVH does see, that He does hear the helpless, the humble, the oppressed, and the fatherless.
He sent Yeshua, who cleansed lepers and demoniacs, who cast out fevers and demons, who healed every sickness and calmed every storm. After His resurrection and ascension, when His disciples received the Holy Spirit, He anointed us with this same power and authority, to intervene on behalf of the hurting and vulnerable. Let us make good use of it!
Job, Psalm, and Matthew Chiastic structures.
Links to previous studies.
Job 7 and 8, Bildad’s speech
Psalm 10 Chiastic structure
Psalm 10, The outcry against the wicked
Matthew 8 Chiastic structure
Matthew 8, Jesus, the willing Healer
Leviticus 14 and 15, On cleansing leprosy: a prophetic picture of salvation