So here is the deal, we all have our favorite version of the Bible to read. When I have a teen Bible study I use CSB, when I am at church I often open ESV, when I study by myself I use NIV. I know some people get really passionate about why one is better than the other BUT…
18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,- Phil 1:15-18.
So the next 2 weeks we may or may not be looking at the schedule and thinking…how long are we in Job….I am ready to get back to Genesis! So if you need to switch it up a little (you rebel), look at a different version. Are you ready to Gasp….I actually read Job in The Message….and Love it!
Here is a side by side of 3 different versions…..
Job 6-9 agenda:
- Job replies to Eliphaz
- Bildad takes a turn at giving advice
- Job will reply again
Chapter 6 in a nutshell “I wish I was never born! God, I beg you to take me!” (we will find out in a few chapters that Job knows there is an afterlife)
Chapter 7: Job vents a little to God. Well, why not. He knows our thoughts and heart..
1 “Therefore I will not keep silent;
I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit,
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep,
that you put me under guard?
13 When I think my bed will comfort me
and my couch will ease my complaint,
14 even then you frighten me with dreams
and terrify me with visions,
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,
rather than this body of mine.
16 I despise my life; I would not live forever.
Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
that you give them so much attention,
18 that you examine them every morning
and test them every moment?
19 Will you never look away from me,
or let me alone even for an instant?
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
you who see everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?
Have I become a burden to you?
21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?
For I will soon lie down in the dust;
you will search for me, but I will be no more.”
Bildad takes the talking stick:
The book of Job is a good reminder that we cannot be a “single” scripture Christian. Dangerous. We need to know who is saying it, why, and in what context. (See below)
8:4 When your children sinned against him,
he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
5 But if you will seek God earnestly
and plead with the Almighty,
6 if you are pure and upright,
even now he will rouse himself on your behalf
and restore you to your prosperous state.
More Bad advice continues…
“There’s no way that God will reject a good person,
and there is no way he’ll help a bad one.
God will let you laugh again;
you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy,
With your enemies thoroughly discredited,
their house of cards collapsed.” (Message 8:20-8:22)
JUST like when getting advice from friends we need to filter it through God’s character as a whole before taking it. I once had a good friend who was seeking godly advice from all her christian friends, not God himself. I sat as a spectator and I was so downcast over the lack of biblical truth.
Well! Put your PREACHER voice on for Chapter 9! You know the one I am talking about (I use the voice from the preacher in that Eddie Murphy movie “Coming to America”) Because JOB comes back STRONG! “His wisdom is profound, his power is vast…He moves Mountains without their knowing it…
Well my voice says ” His wisdom is profounda , his power is vasta….He moves Mountainsaaaah”
I know some of you weren’t even born in 1988 so if you want to be able to know what I am talking about…here you go! Click here for the voice.
Well I hope you know that any “light jokes” I make is just because I feel great!
And the best ending ever!
“God and I are not equals; I can’t bring a case against him.
We’ll never enter a courtroom as peers…..