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January 11, 2019

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

Job 16 (ESV)

Then Job answered and said:

“I have heard many such things;
    miserable comforters are you all.
Shall windy words have an end?
    Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do,
    if you were in my place;
I could join words together against you
    and shake my head at you.
I could strengthen you with my mouth,
    and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain....Continue Reading

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  1. Job 16:8 (ESV)
     And he has shriveled me up, which is a witness against me, and my leanness has risen up against me; it testifies to my face.
    Job 16:16 (ESV)
     My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is deep darkness,

    Job’s description of himself stands in contrast to Eliphaz’s description in Job 15:27 of the wicked fat person. Job is skin and bone now, and verse 16 gives the image of a man with dark sunken eyes.

    In Job 16:4-5 Job is asking his friends to put themselves in his position. How would they respond if the roles were reversed? That is not bad advice for me.

  2. Interesting the confidence of his friends who accuse him yet juxtaposed against Jobs confidence in his own integrity

    Reflects his friends looking at effect and assuming they know the cause, whereas Job looks at the effect and does not know the cause yet knows his own integrity

  3. I was reading Job 16 again this morning and thought of this:
    Job 16:9 (ESV)
     He has torn me in his wrath and hated me; he has gnashed his teeth at me; my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.

    Here Job is pouring out his anguish in believing that God has poured out his anger on him. However, I cannot help but draw a correlation to 1 Peter 5:8 where God says through Peter that it is Satan that ‘prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour’. At the same time, Job’s words stand in stark contrast to God’s promise in the same context.
    1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)
    6  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7  casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

    Sickness, pain, despair, depression, anxiety; all of these afflict the believer at one point or another. I wonder if Job in the middle of his pain could experience God’s care? We have the benefit of God’s word to help remind us that even when things are falling apart, God does care for us.

  4. Job is correct in identify his friends lack of compassion for him as well as him asking them to put themselves in his shoes. He imagines he would be a bit more encouraging if the roles were reversed. He also does give some description of his condition and how people perceive him and it is not a pretty picture. We can certainly understand Job’s sadness, anger, frustration and confusion about what he has been through, but it is unfortunate that he views God as his enemy. Yes Dan, we do have the assurance that God cares for us and is always working for our best, even if that isn’t by blessing us, but by building character which we know is best developed and revealed in suffering. What a comfort to know that He is always available to us and always willing and able to search our hearts and both confront and comfort us with his truth.

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