January 13, Reading 2 – Job 21

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SAA Notes

Job flattens the fallacy that God always rewards the evil with evil and the good with good. What would the friends say to Jesus’ death? Job’s thoughts are repeated by Asaph in Psalm 73, a leading poet and musician in King David’s day. Read Asaph’s conclusion.

SJA Notes

“Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?”

Job points out the folly of his friend’s conclusion – That God strikes the wicked in their prime, so therefore anyone “stricken” must be wicked.

Job is wrestling with the reality of living in this world, with how things are in this broken creation.

It is something we should wrestle with too!

Why does evil seem to prosper? Why do wicked people often grow mighty in power and even reach old age?

(God answers Job at the end of this book)

However, Job goes deeper, and we read,

“They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them.”

This is reality – Death comes to us all. Regardless of how we perceive what is happening.

And so it is more important to consider the One who saves us from death (which comes to us all).

How good is it that we have a God who has saved us from death into life – Life to the full, life after death!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God Above,

You are gracious and merciful – You are the one who shows us what grace and mercy truly mean.

You have saved us from the cords and bonds of death.

As Your people, we can hold fast to the hope of heaven, of glory – That one day we will be with You.

And that till then, You are with us (Immanuel)! Your Spirit living within us.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

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