Job 10-13

We know that Job had a wonderful habit of worship, but I wonder if his suffering has brought to the surface true worship.  I reflected on my very weak prayer life this morning.  But when times get tougher, I speak to God more frequently.


Chapter 11 is short because Zophar is blunt.  Zophar- the know it all!  I am going to call my husband Zophar and see if he laughs😂   Zophar is saying, Job actually deserves worse,

If only God would speak;
    if only he would tell you what he thinks!
If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom,
    for true wisdom is not a simple matter.
Listen! God is doubtless punishing you
    far less than you deserve! NLT


Zophar is the man with the plan.  He gives Job the “steps” to the solution stating in 11:13

  1. Yet if you devote your heart to him
  2. stretch out your hands to him
  3. you put away the sin that is in your hand
  4. allow no evil to dwell in your tent,

then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
    you will stand firm and without fear.

Although not bad advice, Zophar assumed he knew “why” this was happening.  No one knew of the interaction God had with Satan.  Not every trial and suffering is from a sin we committed.


What should his friends look like?

Proverb 15:1 says:

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.

1 Peter 3:15 says:

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect


Job’s response to Zophar: 😂 (I love sarcasm)

“You people really know everything, don’t you?
    And when you die, wisdom will die with you!

Job’s description of God in Chapter 12:13-25 gave me chills (and I got to use the preacher’s voice again!).

Again, Job turns his voice away from his “friends” and speaks to the Lord:

22 Now summon me, and I will answer!
    Or let me speak to you, and you reply.
23 Tell me, what have I done wrong?
    Show me my rebellion and my sin.
24 Why do you turn away from me?
    Why do you treat me as your enemy?

Again, I ask: what do we have that Job doesn’t?  We have the Holy Spirit.  Job is sitting in silence on the inside, and hearing false accusations on the outside.

Well, you met the 3 friends.  It’s a good time to reflect on how you counsel others or are being counseled.   Moreover, who is THE Counselor?!


Round 1 is over and I think it is worth noting that all 4 of them do agree on one thing: God is Almighty,  and worthy of our praise, regardless of the circumstances we are in.

Job 6-9

So here is the deal, we all have our favorite version of the Bible to read.  When I have a teen Bible study I use CSB, when I am at church I often open ESV,  when I study by myself I use NIV.   I know some people get really passionate about why one is better than the other  BUT…if God can talk through a donkey to speak to Balaam, surely a different version can be used sometimes.

So the next 2 weeks you might glance at the schedule and think…”how long are we in Job….I am ready to get back to Genesis!”  So if you need to switch it up a little, look at a different version.  (You know you are getting old, when these switching versions is the craziest thing you did all day 😂)

Here is a side by side of 2 different versions to try…..

Job 6-9 agenda:

  • Job replies to Eliphaz
  • Bildad takes a turn at giving advice
  • Job will reply again

Eliphaz is suffering and wants God to just end his life to stop the pain BUT he has one comfort:

10 At least I can take comfort in this:

    Despite the pain,
    I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job says to Eliphaz:

Honest words can be painful,
    but what do your criticisms amount to?

Hmmm, do I slip in criticism when I counsel a friend in a trial?  😞  Too often!


When God described Job he said:

  •  “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

When you read Job’s responses, look for wisdom and truth that you may need:

17 “What are people, that you should make so much of us,
    that you should think of us so often?
18 For you examine us every morning
    and test us every moment.
19 Why won’t you leave me alone,
    at least long enough for me to swallow!

Even though he begs God to step back for a moment he recognizes that God thinks so much of us, every day, every moment He is with us.

(There were many gems in his response)


Chapter 8:   Next, Bildad takes the talking stick:

The book of Job is a good reminder that we cannot be a “single” scripture Christian.  Dangerous.  We need to know who is saying it, why, and in what context. (See below)

Your children must have sinned against him,
    so their punishment was well deserved.
But if you pray to God
    and seek the favor of the Almighty,
and if you are pure and live with integrity,
    he will surely rise up and restore your happy home.

I just read the NT and I don’t recall this ever being stated.  JUST like when getting advice from friends we need to filter it through God’s character as a whole before taking it. 


Well! Put your PREACHER voice on for Chapter 9!  You know the one I am talking about (I use the voice from the preacher in that Eddie Murphy movie “Coming to America”) Because JOB comes back STRONG! “His wisdom is profound, his power is vast…He moves Mountains without their knowing it…

Well, my voice says ” His wisdom is profounda , his power is vasta….He moves Mountainsaaaah”

I know some of you weren’t even born in 1988 so if you want to be able to know what I am talking about…here you goClick here for the voice.

I hope you know that any “light jokes” I make is just because I feel great when I am in the Bible!


 Chapter 9 might be your favorite chapter ❤️ Click here to reread it.

If Job (you) was taken to court, and God was the Judge what would the verdict be?  What do you have that Job does not?

Job 9:

29 Whatever happens, I will be found guilty.
    So what’s the use of trying?
30 Even if I were to wash myself with soap
    and clean my hands with lye,
31 you would plunge me into a muddy ditch,
    and my own filthy clothing would hate me.

32 “God is not a mortal like me,
    so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
33 If only there were a mediator between us,
    someone who could bring us together.
34 The mediator could make God stop beating me,
    and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.
35 Then I could speak to him without fear,
    but I cannot do that in my own strength.

From the earliest days, we have an innate desire for a mediator, a comforter.  Without realizing it, Job is pointing forward to Jesus.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”

1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

2 Cor. 1:5 “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

One more for my friend Randall:

Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

 

 

Job 1-5

Chapter 1: This story is a narrative, and chapter 1 is easily read so I will just point out small things I took note to:

  • Job has a habit of worship in his everyday life.
  • Job was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
      • not perfect or sinless, he put his trust in God, lived a life of integrity
  • He was wealthy
  • He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
      • He was wise
  • “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”
      • Without meaning to, we sin.  Lev. 4 will talk about unintentional sin.
  • Satan may be here on earth since being cast out of Heaven, but the scriptures affirm he is not everywhere at every time
  • Satan still falls under God’s authority
  • God knew Job. (He knows you).  God knew his by name, his possessions, and his heart (He knows yours ❤️)
  • God was the one that offered Job.  He knew him so well He had confidence in him.  (hmmm, would He have confidence in me?)

God takes Satan’s challenge that if Job was stripped of his wealth, his servants, his business, and his children, Job will remain faithful.

And it happens in a day!  What does Job do?  What does he not do?

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing

Score: Satan 0      Job 1


Chapter 2.  So now Satan says…OK, you can take everything away from man BUT mess with his HEALTH and you will lose him!  So God ALLOWS Satan to give him boils so bad from head to toe that he uses broken pottery to scratch them!

The icing on the cake is Mrs. Jobe!  NOW we know why Satan left her!  😤

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Just sin greatly and get the show on the road!)

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” ❤️

 

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Score: Satan 0      Job 2


Chapter 3:  I read chapter 3 several times.  Correct me if you think I am wrong but it does not say “I wish I was never born”, instead it says “I wish I died when I was born”.  The difference is Job knows there is an afterlife.  (Look at verse 3:13-19…thoughts?) ❤️

21 to those who long for death that does not come,
    who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with gladness
    and rejoice when they reach the grave?

Reminded me of Paul, in prison:

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil 1:21


Chapter 4- Eliphaz (cheat sheet)

Today we read the first conversation with Eliphaz who suggests that Job is suffering because he is being punished for a sin he must have committed and that if he takes his case to the Lord and repents all will get better.

“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
    Where were the upright ever destroyed?

Listen, I am Eliphaz.  “No wonder “that” is happing in her life, look at how she is living”. “This wouldn’t be happening right now if she was living for the Lord”.  As if I know!  I have an ugly heart.

12 “A word was secretly brought to me,
    my ears caught a whisper of it.

Me: sitting at church “Oh, I hope Linda is here!  This message is for her!”  or better yet “I was doing my devotional and I got a Word for you”.  (I really am buying a shirt that says “I am Eliphaz”.

Ch 5

8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
    I would lay my cause before him.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
    miracles that cannot be counted.

As If!!  As if God would choose him for this mission?  Clearly, the score would not be 0-2.   “Hey girl, go have some quiet time and take it to God”  (Well, that is good advice BUT Eliphaz is assuming that if he goes to the Lord and repents…all will be right and this trial will be lifted..

“Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
    so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

This is where in my “advice-giving” I throw some scripture on it to get that warm and fuzzy feeling.

27 “We have examined this, and it is true.
    So hear it and apply it to yourself.”

What?  I wasn’t aware that Eliphaz knows the Big Picture of the events taking place.  Oh that’s right.  He doesn’t!

Tomorrow Job will speak again and then Bildad will respond.

Job Overview

Listen, I am going to be transparent.  I LOVE the Bible.  However, when I think about 2 weeks in a book of Poetry I am not motivated.  If there was ever a time to encourage me…this is it!  I am determined to dig deeper in this book.  

Tomorrow we jump into Job (pronounced Jobe).  Job in Hebrew is Iyyov meaning “persecuted” or “where is thy divine father?”

The only time I heard the name Job was on the Tom Cruise film: Mission Impossible.   When I was checking out churches (to fit in, un the South), I heard his name mentioned in church, and I was like “the agent on Mission Impossible??”  Well, we all started somewhere, right?

Here is your visual:

Image result for book of job timeline

On the surface, the book of Job is a simple story: Job, devoted to God, is struck down in the prime of his life.  He and his friends strive to understand the reason for his sudden trials.  God appears and he is restored.  Clearly it’s not that simple…not at all! 

Satan accused the righteous of being faithful to God only for what they could get.  Satan’s confidence that he could turn Job probably came from his small victory in Heaven when he was able to turn holy angels to rebel once.  God allows Satan to try to prove his point but fails.  True Faith is unbreakable.  I am reminded that Jesus said in John 10: 

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

I am going out on a limb but I think we have all asked ourselves “If God is a loving God, then why do good people suffer?”

We need to keep in mind that believers will suffer because of sin, for correction, for strengthening, and sometimes to reveal His comfort.  But there are times that suffering occurs for purposes that we will never be able to discern.

Job and his friends want to sit around and analyze Job’s suffering to determine the “cause” and “solution”.  Not only were their ideas wrong, but they also made matters worse for Job.  Our “fancy” word for the day is “Theodicy”.  “Theodicy is a branch of philosophy dealing with the issue of evil in light of the existence of God. If God is just and holy and good, then how do evil and misery exist? That’s the question theodicy wrestles with.  So does Lex Luther in the movie Batman vs. Superman 😂.


Here is your cheat sheet:

  • Job: patient under suffering, his Faith was allowed to be tested by God.
  • Eliphaz- friend- believed Job was suffering because of his sins.
  • Bildad- friend- believed Job had not repented of his sins (and until he does he will suffer).
  • Zophar- friend- believed Job should have been suffering more for his sin.  
  • Elihu- (the quiet one) stood up to the 3 friends- believed God was using suffering to mold Job’s character.

So Job will take us  12 days to read. Why do the righteous suffer?  This book will show the power of Satan.  Satan may be mighty, but God is ALMIGHTY.  This book will show the limit of Satan, and the Sovereignty of God.

11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.- James 5:11