Our reading challenge for the day is Job 1-5. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
Job 1 - Job, a righteous man, is attacked by Satan with God’s permission. God says he will not fall into sin. Job himself is unaware of this spiritual dynamic. He loses his riches and family but does not sin.
Job 2 - When Satan attacks Job’s health, he is still faithful to God. Job’s friends, whose speeches will make up a lot of this book, agree to go and comfort him. To their credit they spend a week just being with him in his pain.
Job 3 - Job laments his birth. He is sorry that he has to endure this trial. There is a place for laments. Notice that despite his sorrow he trusts in God.
Job 4 - Eliphaz begins to speak. he claims some sort of vision and a voice which says all are impure before God. This claim of a vision is a dangerous claim. It gives his speech divine authority. Yet if he has not understood his impression rightly he has still lifted his opinion up to the level of divine revelation.
Job 5 - Eliphaz says Job is suffering because he has not sought God. God is the one who protects the righteous from all trouble. But he reporves the wicked. Therefore, Job needs to repent of his wrongdoing and God will forgive him.