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January 6, 2019

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Reading along with us in Job? Here’s today’s reading:

Job 11 (ESV)

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

“Should a multitude of words go unanswered,
    and a man full of talk be judged right?
Should your babble silence men,
    and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure,
    and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
But oh, that God would speak
    and open his lips to you,
and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
    For he is manifold in understanding.
Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves...Continue Reading

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  1. In chap 10 his integrity and confidence is evident which is notable to be so clear of thought through such suffering and grief. In chap 11 it is intriguing a friend looks at the situation much more like an if, then statement such as well, bad things have happened therefore you must have done bad things
    One of the comforting themes of this book is an illustration that bad things do happen in life yet not necessarily connected to self

  2. Job 11:6 (ESV)
     and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

    Zophar is correct but fails to identify that all mankind is in the same boat, not just Job.
    God does deal with us less than our guilt deserves. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no not one. All of our righteousness is as filthy rags. We deserve death and everlasting banishment. But his mercy is great and so he does not deal with us as we deserve. His mercy is so great that he sent his son, Jesus, to be a sacrifice for our sins, my sins.

  3. Job is presumed guilty by his “friends”, but they recognize God’s grace…

    5 But oh, that God would speak
    and open his lips to you,
    6 and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
    For he is manifold in understanding.
    Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
    7 “Can you find out the deep things of God?
    Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
    8 It is higher than heaven—what can you do?
    Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
    9 Its measure is longer than the earth
    and broader than the sea.
    10 If he passes through and imprisons
    and summons the court, who can turn him back?

  4. Oh that we would be better companions and counselors than those surrounding Job. Zophar here shares many things that are true of God but he acts in presumption when it comes to Job. After all that Job has been through and has expressed in the last chapter, to begin his portion with criticism and derision is a bad choice of words. Certainly Zophar is right that God is above all, knows all, sees all, and is the final judge with regards to the affairs of men. But we know that his presumption that this is happening because of Job’s sins is wrong. It might be one thing to ask Job if he has done something, it is another to assume it. We need to be careful of such judgments.

    I do like what he says at the end. It certainly is what God will provide for those who are faithful to Him. It is just wrong that he figures Job is not already there…v18 “You will be secure, because there is hope, you will look about you and take your rest in safety”. AMEN!

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