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Chapter 24: The human side of Job. Have you ever looked around at all the evil in the world? Why doesn’t God intervene? Child molesters? Rapists? Murderers, Human trafficking, etc. Why does God allow or seem to ignore this injustice? In chapter 24 Job asks what many of us ask? Why doesn’t he judge them sooner? If I even try to answer that doesn’t that make me one of the 3 “friends”? But what I do know is
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. -1 Timothy
However, I rest in the assurance that God sees everything
:22 But God drags away the mighty by his power;
though they become established, they have no assurance of life.
23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security,
but his eyes are on their ways.
24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;
they are brought low and gathered up like all others;
they are cut off like heads of grain.- Job 24:22-24
Here is a quick Visual to show you we are nearing the end of the Dialogue.
6 short verses. He does not choose to answer any of Job’s questions or even bothers to offer new ideas but basically summarizes what Eliphaz said. HOWEVER, he does end with
6 how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot—
a human being, who is only a worm!”
(I picture him looking at the maggots coming from the soars on Job when he says this).
However, what we have, that Bildad did not have is the Bible to filter this through. Yes, the Bible tells us in Romans that “we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” but in Romans 8 it says 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
In John, Jesus says 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
VERY Far from the Book according to Bildad.
We now hear from Job for six chapters. He ends his dialogue and moves into his monologue.
- questioned God
- wrestled with God
- he even argued and pleaded with God
- But he NEVER
- denied God
- blasphemed God
- despised God
- doubted God’s authority or sovereignty
He continued to SEEK God.
Chapter 26- This is one of those chapters you read in the Message. Whenever you spot sarcasm, switch over (this is the only book of the Bible I do this, so don’t panic about flipping too much). Click here for it.
“Well, you’ve certainly been a great help to a helpless man!
You came to the rescue just in the nick of time!
What wonderful advice you’ve given to a mixed-up man!
What amazing insights you’ve provided!
Where in the world did you learn all this?
How did you become so inspired?
Chapter 27: I honed in starting at verse 13 where Job summarized the theology of the friends. I know we talked about their belief in the Doctrine of Restitution, but this made my head explode how “works-based” their religion was. Works based for “blessings”.
Wisdom? What is it? My research books are scattered on my desk, so I decided to look it up. Here are some:
Wisdom: the ability to make good use of knowledge. (NIV)
Wisdom: knowledge, understanding, applying knowledge and insights to life situations. (Henrietta Mears) God-given ability, rather than human common sense.
Wisdom: using facts I know and truths I understand to make the right decisions in my daily life. (Children’s Bible) 🤓
Very Interesting. Some words that stood out to me…Use, applying, God-given, using, decisions, and daily life. Many of us have people in our lives that are so smart, know the Bible, extremely educated, but are they wise? or just knowledgeable?
Job 28:20 says “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? then in vs 28 it say “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (I now see the connection of the “application use”)
Back to the Dictionary: Fear of the Lord? It says ”profound reverence and awe toward God, or to think of God with awe and wonder because I understand His great power. The Hebrew word (Strongs Concodanance) used originally in Scripture was yir’ah, which is a noun..meaning A RESPECT.
So it is our faith that allows God to take our knowledge and transform it into wisdom for use and application in our everyday life.
Go back to the first Chapter and the conversation between God and Satan. How does God describe Job
“8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” The original words in Hebrew for blameless and upright are Tam (meaning good moral sense, the same word later to describe Jacob) and yashar (meaning straight or level).
God never said he was sinless. God said he is Wise.
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Age old frustrations of Christians – how can the evil people just keep doing evil and feel so happy and content (or at least seem like) and just keep going on and on like it’s ok? And then I read a verse that reminds me of either why or how this is so: “He gives them a sense of security, so they can rely on it, but he watches over their ways.” No wonder they keep on keeping on with their sinful ways and seems so happy about it. They feel secure. Explains some of my own behavior at times in my life, too.
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I am sitting here rereading ch 26 and vs 14 strikes me “and these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him. Who then can understand the thunder of his power.” — even in the majesty of how God has revealed Himself, there is SO MUCH MORE!! I cannot fathom it. And I love 27:11 – Job says “I will teach you about the power of God.” aka — my life is an open book to what God’s power can do (even in suffering). Oh Father. May we see you in every high and every low. I’m going to sit here with this one…
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“He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.”
“He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.”
“The wind blows to the South and turns to the North; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.”
-They’re describing the water cycle.
“As long as the earth endure, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
“God made decrees (rules) for the rain. And he set a path for the thunderstorm.”
-They’re describing rules… The idea that God set forth rules for a certain process that’s repeated. We would call them natural laws. God’s laws.
-This idea of a hydrological cycle like you see in the ancient biblical text is not described in any other ancient text.
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How does O.T. Scripture talk about how the Earth is seated and positioned in the Heavens?
“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; He suspends the Earth over nothing.”
(Most scholars believe Job to be the oldest text recorded… Even penned before Moses wrote the Torah.)
(Within the oldest text (Job) is the only place where you read of these dinosaur like beings: The Behemoth, The Leviathan.)
-Most ancient civilizations didn’t believe earth floated in space. They had no concept of this. They thought it was seated on something firm:
-Greek mythology: Earth seated on the back of Atlas.
-Asian mythology: Earth seated on the back of a turtle, or elephants.
-From the book, “Myths and Legends,” – “when one examines the writings of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Greek pagan worship, for example, one finds clear reference to the concept of the earth being held up by: a man, elephant, catfish, or some other type of physical support.”
-BUT NOT THE BIBLE! At the same time these ancient cultures are writing this, ancient Israelites KNEW the Earth was, “suspended over nothing.”
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