Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 26 Day 4

Our reading challenge for the day is Job 6-10. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Job 6 - Job replies to Eliphaz’ claim that Job is suffering because of sin. He agrees that his suffering is from the hand of God. He would like to know the reason for suffering. Death is better in his eyes than suffering without understanding. Yet Eliphaz didn’t give him any knowledge.

Job 7 - Job talks more about his lack of hope. Compare chapter 7 verse 17 with Psalm 8. Both use almost the same language but say very different things. Job knows that God’s judgment deprives us of hope.

Job 8 - The second friend, Bildad, now speaks. He accuses Job of windy speech against God. He calls Job to repentance and tells him the children died because of their own sin.

Job 9 - Job replies to Bildad’s speech. We cannot clmplain against God. He is too mighty. All we do is ask for mercy. If there were a mediator Job would be more able to cry out for mercy.

Job 10 - Job continues. He does not think he is guilty. Yet he still doesn’t know the reason for his suffering.

In much of our lives we are like Job. We don’t see the reason behind our affliction. The Bible says the world is cursed by sin so it suffers. But we do have a mediator, Jesus, who is our advocate and our suffering savior.

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