Friday, June 29, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 26 Day 5

Our reading challenge for the day is Job 11-15. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Job 11 - Zophar, the third friend, addresses Job. He wishes Job would be quiet long enough to hear God’s wisdom. Job is guilty and God has treated him less severely than he deserves. Yet if Job repents he will again have safety.

Job 12 - Job, in response, says he also has some wisdom. He has lived a life of repentant dedication to God. This suffering is ultimately from God, who is good and wise. Yet Job does not know the reason.

Job 13 - No matter what happens, Job will hope in God. Yet he would like to be able to receive an answer from God. If he can know his sin he can repent. The friends, however, are not shedding any light at all.

Job 14 - Job confesses that life is short and full of trouble. After death we have no promise of life. This is discouraging.

Job 15 - We return to Eliphaz who says Job does not revere God enough. He has never listened to God well enough. He does not see God’s mercy. Job suffers because he is godless.

Thanks be to God, both Job in his hopelessness after death and Eliphaz in his view of works righteousness are wrong. Jesus has given us hope in the resurrection and has secured salvation for us, what we could never do. We simply respond by looking to him in faith.

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