Saturday, 29 June 2013

Job 11-15

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

11:18-19 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

This is God’s desire for us but not in the context Zophar intents. Zophar thinks this the life we will have if we obey God’s laws. Rather it is the life we will have if we are in relationship with God.

Susan said...

12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light.

It is God who sheds light into dark situations. He can bring light and understanding to the darkest places. His ways may include suffering and hardship to bring to the surface wrong motives and attitudes of our hearts. Nevertheless God’s ways are ultimately for our good to free us from the darkness.

Susan said...

13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him

Job thought that God would kill him because he was challenging God to let him argue his case before him (v.3). Job believes he has put himself in jeopardy with this challenge (v.14). Yet Job still wants to continue with his challenge. Getting answers to his suffering was more important to Job than life itself.

Susan said...

14:13 If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me!

When disaster strikes it is not unusual to want to hide, to crawl into a hole somewhere and hide. It is encouraging to know other saints have felt this way. We are not alone and not abandoned by God.

Susan said...

15:10 The gray-haired and the aged are on our side, men even older than your father.

In Eliphaz’s time traditions and older people’s opinions were more valued than they are today but, even so, this does not mean their opinions should be accepted without question.