Job 15:1-16: Troubled Land to Sunlit Values

Ezekiel 40-41, Job 15:1-16, John 11:38-44, 1 John 4:1-6 Job 15:1-16: Job’s rebuttal of the previous “comforters” prompts Eliphaz to coming storming back and rebuke Job in even stronger terms. “…you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God. Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty” (15:4-5). What Job had done so wrong, according to…

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Job 14: Hope in Suffering

Ezekiel 38-39, Job 14, John 11:17-37, 1 John 3:19-24 Job 14: At least there is hope for a tree! In this continued reply to his “comforters,” Job interweaves deep despair with sudden questioning, hope, and then returns to deep despair again. The waves of suffering and mourning wash over him, and he is hanging on in the storm…

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Job 13: Though He Slay Me, Yet Will I Hope in God

Ezekiel 35-37, Job 13, John 11:1-16, 1 John 3:11-18 Job 13: Job continues his defense against his comforters by arguing that his insight, information, and wisdom is no less than theirs. He too has insight. What is more, he has done nothing wrong to deserve what is happening to him. “Can anyone bring charges against me? If so…

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Job 12: The Sovereignty of God in Suffering

Ezekiel 33-34, Job 12, John 10:22-42, 1 John 3:1-10  Job 12:  Job’s reply to these false comforters is only growing in strength and—indeed—sarcasm. “Doubtless you are the only people who matter, and wisdom will die with you!” (Job 12:2). What a great reply to someone who is lecturing, who is assuming they are right and that you don’t…

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Job 11: Wipe Away Every Tear

Ezekiel 31-32, Job 11, John 10:11-21, 1 John 2:24-29   Job 11:   Now comes Zophar. We have just seen Bildad, the second of “Job’s comforters.” Bildad had argued that Job had done something wrong; otherwise, why would the good God have caused Job to suffer as he was suffering? Job had replied that though he was a sinner in…

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Job 10: Eternal Weight of Glory

Ezekiel 29-30, Job 10, John 10:1-10, 1 John 2:18-23   Job 10:   Job finishes his reply to Bildad on a note of deep depression and raw despair. Remember that Bildad, one of “Job’s comforters,” has been offering Job comfort in his suffering. This comfort has been anything but helpful; indeed, his counsel has been quite damaging. Job has replied…

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Job 9:21-35: A Mediator for the Suffering

Ezekiel 27-28, Job 9:21-35, John 9:26-41, 1 John 2:12-17   Job 9:21-35:  Job continues his reply to Bildad. Bildad has advised Job that he is suffering because Job has done something wrong. What other conclusion could there be, Bildad thinks. After all, God is holy. Job is suffering. Therefore, Job must have done something to deserve the suffering that…

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Job 9:1-20: Suffering Without Shame

Ezekiel 24-26, Job 9:1-20, John 9:13-25, 1 John 2:1-11   Job 9:1-20:  Bildad has been lecturing Job. Finding Job in great suffering, Bildad and Job’s other “comforters” first do the right thing by merely listening. But then one by one they go on the verbal offensive and criticize Job for his attitude towards his suffering. According to Bildad, Job…

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November 8: In the Middle of Suffering

Ezekiel 22-23, Job 8, John 9:1-12, 1 John 1   Job 8:   Bildad now takes his turn to speak, and immediately begins by rebuking Job. The way Job has been speaking has, in Bildad’s view, discredited God. “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind? Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what…

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November 7: Bring It to the Cross

Ezekiel 20-21, Job 7, John 8:48-59, 2 Peter 3:10-18   Job 7:   Job continues in his response to Eliphaz’s words in chapter 5. First, he has argued that Eliphaz is not much of a friend for accusing Job of having done something wrong to deserve his suffering. Now Job turns his attention from Eliphaz to God. There are some…

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