January 25, Reading 2 – Job 42

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Read Peter’s advice in 1 Peter 5:6. This is just what Job does. He finds no answers, but he does find the Lord again! Job is told to pray for his three friends. They are to repent of their wrong assessment of God and of Job. Elihu is not even mentioned! This is no oversight, but a very pointed lesson.

SJA Notes

We come to the end of Job, and it’s a little sad (good thing we can go back and read it whenever we want)!

Job is such a great book, and such a great character in God’s word. We get four whole chapters of God speaking, how much wisdom must there be there for us to dwell on and wrestle with for the rest of our days!

It’s pretty interesting to hear God’s words when He speaks with Job’s friends.

V7 says, “… For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”

So it seems what Job has said in the debate of God is right. He wasn’t wrong!

Where does that leave us then, why did God speak the way he did to Job out of the whirlwind?

Job had given to God the glory, hallowed His name, but then tried to come up with his own wisdom (in the way we saw his friends do, a lot). He darkened counsel by words without knowledge (ch 38 v2).

This is something we all do! How many times do we get confronted with a rock-solid reality in this life and instead of turning to God and His word we come up with our own thinking, our own reasoning.

Job is such a great encouragement book (and a reality-check one too), in pointing us to the awesome majesty of God, His absolute sovereignty, His working out His purposes of love for His people. And in doing this it shows us who we are, and why we need God.

One other thing, how godly a man is Job huh! V15 says, “… And their father gave them <his daughters> an inheritance among their brothers.”

To me this speaks volumes about the humbleness and meekness of the man. He had met with the harshest realities of life, and the Lord had brought him out the other side.

That would shave away a lot of the dross, the rules and regulations whose meaning would fade into nothingness after what he had experienced.

There’s so much more to dwell on, can’t wait to cycle back here again in three years!

January 24, Reading 2 – Job 40, 41

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The Lord humbles Job using two examples of huge animals – both land and sea. Behemoth and Leviathan sound like dinosaurs on a straight reading. No hippo or crocodile matches this description. Nature humbles us when we experience its force and might.

SJA Notes

God speaks again, and the beginning of ch 40 is almost a mirror of ch 38. There’s a cycle here, a repeat.

God calls on our questioning and commands us to dress for action like a man – And speaks from the whirlwind.

If the first portion of God’s entry into the debate shows us the reality of who He is and who we are – How much more this second entry!

We see the folly of man putting ourselves in the place of God. “Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?”

But not only that!

God has put within creation itself humble lessons.

Look at these two creatures, Behemoth and Leviathan. Read and dwell upon what God says about them, what He infers to Job, his friends, and to us the reader.

These creatures laugh at man. Get your perspective right!

Job’s first response is found in ch 40 (his second one we will read tomorrow). These are words to take into our hearts.

“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.”

May the Lord teach us all of this humility, this right perspective. Of our place in this creation. And of the wondrousness of this creation!

And of our God. Our Lord. Our King. He is the Almighty. Hallelujah to that!

January 23, Reading 2 – Job 38, 39

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Job 38:2 refers to all five men! But Job knows that it refers to him. The Lord is dealing with him face to face! God does not answer Job question as to why this has happened. What God does is reveal His glory, wonder and goodness to Job through the natural creation.

SJA Notes

Here we are! After thirty-seven odd chapters of Job and his friends debating – God enters the fray!

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.”

How good is this to hear! I mean, on the outside, maybe not. Maybe it seems a little odd, a little unsettling.

Because it should!

There are two wonderful important truths that leapt out at me reading God’s words here.

One. Who God is.

Two. Who we are.

God has shut in the sea with doors. We have not.

God has commanded the morning since the days began. We have not.

God has determined the measurements of the earth, laid its foundation, sunk its bases and laid its cornerstone. We have not!

These are truths that should strengthen and encourage us, as well as strike at pride and arrogance.

Remember chapter 1, where we have the heavenly council, the realities that sit apart from our perception.

This is the God who rules both heaven and earth! He was there when the morning stars sang together, and He is our God, working for us!

We don’t have to, indeed we cannot even try, to take on that kind of authority and power in our lives. God is our strength, our refuge, our very present help in trouble!

Praise God. Praise Him. These chapters are such a wonderful trove of humbling knowledge and insight into who God is (and reflectively who we are).