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January 9, 2019

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

Job 14 (ESV)

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.
And do you open your eyes on such a one
    and bring me into judgment with you?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
    There is not one..
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  1. Job 14:10-12 (ESV)
    10  But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he? 11  As waters fail from a lake and a river wastes away and dries up, 12  so a man lies down and rises not again; till the heavens are no more he will not awake or be roused out of his sleep.

    I love Job’s comparisons to nature and what he learns about God just from nature. It reminds me of the teaching of Paul from Romans 1:19-20. Here Job contrasts and compares the frailty and ‘short’ lifespan of man to trees and the grass of the field. Note that it appears that Job’s short life was approximately 210 years. According to Job 42:16, Job lived an additional 140 years after his tragedies occurred.

    Job’s is talking about his mortal life here on this earth and not the eternal state of his soul. Our days on this earth are certainly like a vapor, like the grass of the field that sprouts up and withers. Teach me to number my days Lord that I might serve you in faithfulness.

  2. Certainly Job has been through the wringer. So as we have his thoughts expressed here as he processes his pain and disillusionment, we have to ask ourselves are the words here because they accurately represent truth or accurately represent his sentiments? I believe it is the latter and we need to compare his sentiments with other parts of scripture to see if they are actually true. It is clear that God includes these accounts in the Bible to give expression to the dark thoughts that we may deal with as we mange life and suffering. Yes it is true that our lives are a vapor and we are subject to our share of hardship and struggle. And maybe plants do have a better capacity than man to bounce back, but does that mean we should want to be one? As Job seems to question whether it is better to have God ignore you or bring hardship on you, because that is only as far as he can see at this point, are those really true sentiments about God? Or are they more there so when God answers at the end we can see how wrong Job is, or as we look at them particularly in light of Christ do we say that faith and hope provide better and more accurate thoughts than these. That God will never leave us or forsake us. That God is always trying to accomplish good even in the suffering He causes or He allows. And even if we are wasting away on the outside, we are being renewed day by day on the inside. The message of the New Testament is always one of hope, faith, joy and purpose and connection with God, with no ideas that God has abandoned us or we should abandon Him.

    We have to keep those thoughts in mind as we read Job, even as we recognize how and why he would express the things he does.

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