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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for Jan 6

Today's readings are Job 10-13. Tomorrow's are Job 14-16.

Job wisely acknowledges that he is God's creation. From there, he asks for mercy based on two grounds. First, God doesn't seem to know what it's like to be human with human frailties (Job 10:4-7). It is interesting to see how this was answered in Christ in Heb 2:14-18. 

Secondly, Job admits that he belongs to God but wonders if the only reason he was created was to be destroyed (Job 19:8-22). Job even accuses God of not being good or fair (Job 10:3). 

In this, we see Job's attitude changing. Job doesn't hear the echo of judgment in his accusations toward God. It's very likely that Job feels he has to explain his situation to God in order for God to come to the realization that Job is being unfairly treated.

Zophar responds in ch 11. He openly accuses Job of sinning. (Job 11:14). Zophar is not sure of what sin Job has committed. He's just confident that Job has committed some sin, whatever it was. There's enough truth in Zophar's rant that it sounds good at first hearing. 

Job responds to all three of his counselors in chs 12-14, maintaining that he is, at least, as smart as they are. Besides, he contends, his argument is with God and they should be quiet. (Job 13:3-19). 

He prays for God to cease tormenting him (Job 13:20-27).

Notice how it seems judgment is rising up in all parties here? Job's friends are judging him. Job is judging his friends. Job is judging God. This is the fallen human tendency when things go bad, to start pointing fingers. Job has yet no vision for God's process of sanctification. He just wants his suffering to end. There's nothing wrong with wanting a trial to end. However, Job in his struggle, is beginning to blame God for being unjust. 

For our own sake, we should not be too hasty in judging Job and fall into the same trap his friends have fallen into. There is much more to learn about Job and from Job in the coming chapters. For those who are familair with this profound book, you know we are watching a necessary process work itself out in Job's heart.  It takes time. But, for now, keep in mind Job is upright and blameless. 

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