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

“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.”

There are some striking similarities between words of Job and those of the preacher that wrote Ecclesiastes.

In Ecclesiastes 6 we read,

“For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow.”

Job is wrestling with the same thing the preacher did! Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.

So where does that leave us?

As in Ecclesiastes, there is a strong truth undergirding this sorrow and wrestling, one that we can grasp hold of. A truth that has much depth.

Job says,

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

Here is a powerful sounding of the reality of God’s sovereignty and our lives within His will.

We are able to approach our Lord God in prayer and cast our cares on Him, even in the most shocking and troubling of sorrow.

We have a hope that goes beyond even death!

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

Amen to this, may it be a cry we hold onto through our lives.

* Father God,

These words from Job can seem hard to comprehend, that we can come to You with arguments like Job does.

Please help us understand a little more of You today, a little more of how we can relate to You.

Thank You that we can have a right relationship with You – What a hope this is in the now and for the not yet!

Thank You for saving us from death into life!

Amen.

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