- Job replies to Zophar
- Final comment from Eliphaz
- Job’s reply
A friend, let’s nickname her “Coach”, asked a really good question that I probably should have explained earlier. Why are we reading Job now? Well, we don’t know when it was written but what we do know is this is one of the oldest pieces of literature. We know the story of Job is ancient because when history occurs it is not written about just once. (That’s how we know the Bible is history, not just a string of stories.) This story was recorded by other authors from their vantage point (just like the Gospel). The Akkadian, (about 1800 BC), The Poem of the Righteous Sufferer (about 1600 BC), are 2 examples. This story needs to be told before the Patriarchs because Job’s arguments are from his Faith! He did not have ancestors that witnessed the parting of the Red Sea or manna falling from the sky. Job’s faith is real and innate.
This book may be the OLDEST piece of literature but just as relevant today. God’s Word is timeless. All 66 books. Anyway, let’s dig in.
“Why does good stuff happen to bad people and bad stuff happen to good people”…timeless question!!
7 Why do the wicked live on,
growing old and increasing in power?
8 They see their children established around them,
their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their homes are safe and free from fear;
the rod of God is not on them.
10 Their bulls never fail to breed;
their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11 They send forth their children as a flock;
their little ones dance about.
12 They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre;
they make merry to the sound of the pipe.
13 They spend their years in prosperity
and go down to the grave in peace.
14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone!
We have no desire to know your ways.
15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
What would we gain by praying to him?’
I actually underlined the whole chapter. I live in a constant state of “Why God?” Even though I know the ‘scripture’ answers or the Christian tag phrases to the answers, the info doesn’t always travel from my brain to my heart.
What did you think of Elipaz’s little speech in Chapter 22? Sounds like something you hear on TV today huh? Maybe at 2 am in the morning. 22:1 says “Submit to God and be at peace with him, in this way prosperity will come to you” (just dial 1-888…. and have your credit card ready)
Chapter 23. I am not sure if Job fully understands the difference between blameless and sinless. He may be righteous but he is not sinless. But what I do know is months have gone by and Job is not waiting for God anymore, he is earnestly seeking him!!
“But if I go to the east, he is not there;
if I go to the west, I do not find him.
9 When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.
10 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
11 My feet have closely followed his steps;
I have kept to his way without turning aside.
12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.