Posts

“Are you listening?”

BIBLE READING:Job 20-21
In chapter 20-21 Zophar enters the group and begins to speak and continues to condemn Job. He falls back on the on “knowledge” of the time about God. Zophar knows that he and Job share the common beliefs about God; that while the wicked may prosper for a time, they suffer in the end. Zophar says that Job’s blessings earlier indicated he had been doing righteous. However, his sufferings indicate some secret sins that Job kept hidden. Of course, God knows everything. Job says that their view of God by observed evidence, is simply an error. We today are reminded that this view of God is still seen by others. Many times a region suffers earthquakes or hurricanes, and right away some begin discussing what the victim must have done to have this befall them. Maybe the story of Job helps us to understand how all these things- life, suffering, and the nature of both God and man, relate to each other.

“God listens”

BIBLE READING:Job 18-19
Now Bildad takes up the attack it seems and applies even more pressure. In verses 5-21 he lists the terrors that the evil man fears. Bildad concludes with verse 21 “…Such is the place of one who knows not god.” Of course, we know that Bildad in his ignorance classifies Job as “an evil man.”In chapter 19 Job answers Bildad, “You have reproached me 10 times. (v.3) We know how we feel when accused wrongly. We are forced to defend ourselves. By his words, Job apparently blames God in his grief and confusion. He feels crushed by God and his friends don’t help him at all. He begs for pity. I am reminded of a friend whose husband was stricken with cancer, which finally took his life. She left the church and asked “Why? He was such a good man.” A preacher visited her and listened. She said, “Who can listen to me and understand?’ The preacher said, ‘Sister, tell it all to God first. He will listen.”

“Find Comfort”

BIBLE READING:Job 16-17
Chapter 16 JOB REPLIES TO ELIPHAZ: He calls his friends, ”miserable comforters” and refers to their long-winded speeches.” He speaks to God and reminds Him of what he has suffered from God’s hand. He tells God that He had turned him over to evil men. As Christians, we wonder whom Job is speaking of in verses 12-23. The words “witness,” “advocate,” and ‘intercessor” remind us as Christians of what Jesus Christ does for us. Job mentions the nearness of his own death- “a few years.” Surely if we were not in God’s family, Jesus’ church, the idea of death would be so hard to think about and to know it is coming. We are reminded that when some went away after Jesus’ teaching, in John 6 he speaks to Peter “Will you also go away?” Peter’s answer has two parts: “To whom shall we go?” and “You have words of eternal life.” Job of course, knew he needed THE SAVIOR. As we read, we want to cheer Job: Just wait! In chapter 17, Job continues to mourn his awful state, while stat…

"FAITH"

BIBLE READING:Job 14-15
In chapter 14, Job considers the question, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” In the days of Job, as it must have been in the times of all men, death is a part of life that is troubling, even terrifying. But Job shows his faith. “You will call, and I will answer you.” How blessed are we who have been comforted and promised eternal life through God’s son! Chapter 15: Eliphaz, the Temanite speaks in chapter 15, not without a ting of anger. He and the others of Job’s friends seem to think that all these words about God’s nature, His actions, and man’s words about God’s nature, and man’s suffering, do not clarify things.Job must be wicked. God brings low the proud, after all, they reason.Eliphaz tries, in error, to convince Job that his own words are what condemns him. Eliphaz contrasts a wise man with the foolish man, and of course, he himself is the wise one. He states that the wise old man is “on our side.”

“Hope”

BIBLE READING:Job 11-13
Ch. 11: Zophar speaks to Job; “you deserve worse,” BUT “devote your heart to him…put away the sin that is in your hand.” Chapter 12: In the next several chapters, Job and his friends continue to discuss Job’s troubles and God as they know Him. If God punishes sinners, the friends conclude then there must be some secret sin that God knows, but they do not. In chapters 12 through 14, Job becomes more convinced that something is not adding up. Job knows God’s attributes, but he feels in his heart that he, himself, is right and his friends are being unfair. He is brought to tears over his loss of hope. Job calls his friends “worthless physicians” and wishes them to be silent. In our life, we too have experienced the feelings of “what have I done to deserve this?” We see Job’s knowledge of who God is and get a glimpse of his regard for God’s wisdom and power. He says in Chapter 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I have hope in him.” Our attitude of love, trust, and hu…

“A Plea to God”

BIBLE READING:Job 9-10
Some have called Job “The Book of Human Suffering.” However, a more complete title must include the idea that the concept of God’s nature and man’s relationship to Him is also a theme. Some scholars believe the book of Job reveals to the reader some characteristics of God that preceded Moses’ writing of the first 5 books of the Bible. By exploring the book of Job, the reader can see that Job and his friend might have an incomplete knowledge of God, they did have a measure of faith in Him. They also knew that they needed to lead moral lives. They knew Him as the Creator of the world and man. They knew him as one who rewards good and punishes evil. They knew Him as one is gracious and who may be approached through sacrifices. They knew that a sinful man may turn to Him in repentance. But they did not know all the mystery or realize that he cannot defend himself against the words of his friends. He seems to be thinking that Bildad speaks the truth, and he agrees tha…

“Don’t be Scared of Satan”

BIBLE READING:Job 1-4
If we are not careful, Job 1 can be a very scary reading.In this introductory chapter we find Satan lurking around this world, seeking someone to devour (I Peter 5.8).God is fully aware of what Satan is doing and willing to offer up His faithful servant Job as an example of someone who is living faithful.As the story unfolds, God allows Satan to take away almost everything that Job has: his family, his health, his wealth, and his reputation.Notice I said, “almost everything”, Job was left with his faith in God.Satan may be able to take away many things that we consider to be blessings, but he cannot take our faith.We alone have the power to decide whether we will hold to our faith or relinquish it. The scary part of the story is this, if God is willing to allow Satan to test Job, is He also willing to allow Satan to test me?I believe that is what the Bible teaches us not just here, but in many other places in Scripture.If God refused Satan the right to come after …