January 15, Reading 2 – Job 23, 24


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SAA Notes

Job digs himself deeper into depression. He has fallen down and his friends just beat him down further. The present reality of evil, and the evil men do, is a crushing weight on Job. He can’t understand God. Do you ever feel like this towards God? Read on!

SJA Notes

So we’re over half-way now through the great debate, and we see Job growing a little bolder in his … Questioning.

Today’s passage shows Job pointing out the fault in his friends logic again, that the evil are not immediately punished.

In ch 24 v22 he says, “Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life. He gives them security, and they are supported, and his eyes are upon their ways.”

You see here the questioning as well as the argument.

Chapter 23 is bound up in it as well, questioning “Where is God?” and “Why doesn’t God answer my complaint?”, the complaint being “Why me?”.

Even though Job knows, and has shown consistently his faith in the Lord God, his belief in life after death and bodily resurrection, even though these things are true – He is bitter and has a complaint with God.

We can easily be as Job, holding fast to God’s faithfulness but still holding on to our complaint.

We know that in a few short chapters we reach the end of Job, where the Lord sets everything straight. He arights Job’s thinking and that of His friends, and for us too!

Praise God for His word, may it be written on our hearts this day and onwards.

Teach us what You would have us know from Your word this day Lord God!

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