January 8, Reading 2 – Job 13, 14

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SAA Notes

Job reacts bitterly to Zophar’s implied criticism of Job’s great sin. 13:1,4 Job knows that his friends are not perfect Christians. They too leave much to be desired in the manner of their lives. In wonderful divine irony, Jesus utters Job’s words in 13:23 when He argued with the Jews, (John 8:46) and when He stood before Caiaphas. (John 18:23) Jesus knew how Job felt!

SJA Notes

“As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.”

Ouch! Job really calls out his friends here. For how they have been speaking to him, but also for how they are misrepresenting God (13 v7-12).

A lot of Job’s words in these chapters remind me of Ecclesiastes. Ch 14 v1 says, “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not.”

In ch 6 v12 of Ecclesiastes the Preacher says, “For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow?”

The Preacher must have read and known his Job (or perhaps the other way around). The similarities are striking!

And while Job’s language is full of sorrow and loss, although he seems to be getting angry (or annoyed) at God, still there are these wonderful words we read in ch 13 v15:

“Though he slay me, I will hope in him;”

Here is a powerful look at the reality of our lives and God’s sovereignty!

Let’s prayerfully wrestle with what this means for us in our lives right now, whatever situations we are going through, whatever our experiences.

“Though he slay me, I will hope in him;”

Praise God for a hope that is secure and lasting, resolute and sure!

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