Category Archives: Job

Job 42:7-16 — Healing

After his encounter with God, it was a time for healing for Job.  But to God, it wasn’t just about the healing of his body, or the healing of all his personal hurts from the tragedies he had suffered. It … Continue reading

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Job 38-42 — What really matters

God…enter stage right. I kind of wonder if the reason that Elihu started talking about storms was that he actually saw a storm approaching, the very storm, in fact, from which God spoke. Some people may question why I tend … Continue reading

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Job 34-37 — God’s justice, our arrogance

Many people today dispute God’s goodness, if not his existence, by saying, “If God exists, and if God is good, then why is there evil in this world?  Why doesn’t he just wipe out all evil from this world?  Since … Continue reading

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Job 32-33 — Suffering, humility, and grace

There are a lot of problems in trying to interpret Job, and one of the biggest problems is what to do  with Elihu.  I’ve seen commentary that basically call him a big windbag full of hot air, which is why … Continue reading

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Job 27-31 — A final defense

Job gives his longest speech here, and you could call it his final defense.  In chapter 27, he once again reiterates his contention that he is undeserving of all this suffering.  He then tells his “friends” that he hopes that … Continue reading

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Job 25-27 — Incomplete and distorted

We finally come to the last of the speeches by Job’s friends.  Essentially, Bildad totally ignores all that Job said, and just says, “God’s great.  God’s pure.  But you.  You’re just a dirty worm.  Dirty.  Impure.  A mere maggot in … Continue reading

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Job 22-23 — The frustration of dealing with an invisible God

After being severely blasted by Eliphaz, in which Eliphaz for the first time levels specific (if completely baseless) accusations against Job, Job cries out once again for a hearing before God.  He said, If only I knew where to find … Continue reading

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Job 20-21,24 — A hard truth

As we continue to go through Job, Job’s friends continue to hammer along the same line, insisting that Job must have done something wrong to deserve all problems he’d been suffering through. But in the midst of their arguments and … Continue reading

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Job 17-19 — A Redeemer

This is one of the more remarkable passages in Job to me.  Because though Job has no knowledge of Jesus (who of course had yet to be born), yet he cries out his faith in a Redeemer. First, he once … Continue reading

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Job 16 — Miserable comforters, a true Comforter

After hearing Eliphaz’s words, Job once again tears into his tormenters saying, 2 “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing? … Continue reading

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Job 15 — Pride in what you think you know

After more of Job’s moanings in chapter 14, Eliphaz speaks up again, and once again proclaims that only the wicked suffer. But what I find even more interesting is how he begins the chapter.  He says, Would a wise person … Continue reading

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Job 11-13 — Judging others

The assault on Job and his character continues.  This time Zophar takes his shots, and he basically continues the line started by his friends.  Namely, that Job must have sinned and that God is punishing for him it. And after … Continue reading

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Job 10 — Waiting to punish?

As I look at the complaint of Job here, I see a way of thinking that many people have.  Job said, You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.  But this is … Continue reading

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Job 9 — The need for a mediator

In this passage, we see more of Job’s frustration bubbling over at God.  On one hand, he recognizes God’s sovereignty in this world.  But on the other hand, God seems so distant. Job said, When he passes me, I cannot … Continue reading

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Job 5-7 — Right…and wrong

Eliphaz gives the first speech to Job, and the thing that strikes me is that at times, he says things that are quite right. In fact, Paul quotes the words of Eliphaz in I Corinthians 3:19 where he says, He … Continue reading

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Job 4-31 — Oversimplification and false accusations

I must admit that I somewhat dreaded coming to the book of Job.  Not because of the topic, but because of the layout.  Basically, you have nearly 30 chapters of people arguing with each other in literal circles, saying essentially … Continue reading

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Job 3 — What we cannot see

In this chapter, Job is really at a point of despair.  Almost all that was dear to him had been stripped from him.  His children were dead, his wife was of no comfort, he had lost his possessions, and now … Continue reading

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Job 2:11-13 — When friends mourn

In the book of Job, we see three of his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  When they heard about Job’s troubles, they decided together to go and visit him.  And when they saw the state he was in, it says, … Continue reading

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Job 1-2 — Why we worship

Having completed the history of Israel in the Old Testament, we now go back in time and look at the life of a man named Job.  When he lived is uncertain, but considering how long he lived, (well past 150), … Continue reading

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