January 1, Reading 2 – Job 1:1-2:10

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SAA Notes

Job is cast in the format of a historical drama. It deals with the problem of pain, of suffering, of terrible tragedy. How am I to react towards God when these things happen? Is He to blame?

SJA Notes

“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”

There is a great deal going on in this passage! This is one of the few places in God’s word that we get a glimpse into the heavenly council – A place where Satan came and spoke with God.

God is sovereign. Nothing happened to Job outside of His purpose and will.

Satan is at work against God’s people.

But Satan cannot act except within the authority God grants.

Presumably Job did not have an open lens into this heavenly exchange. God’s purposes and plans are not always revealed to us, us who live by faith through them.

Job feared God and turned away from evil – Why would these terrible things happen to him?

We have the example of Job as we ourselves struggle and wrestle through our response and behaviour.

“In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”

Let’s be encouraged in Job’s witness to us through the ages of how to process when bad things happen to us.

* Almighty God,

As we start a new year – Please Lord God show us from Your word today what You want us to know.

Please write Your word on our hearts, that we might not sin against You!

Please sink us in our own selves, and raise us in You.

More of You, less of us today and onwards!

Amen.

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