Saturday, 6 July 2013

Job 16-20

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...

16:9 God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.

Job assumed that God must be angry with him. Interesting that when things are going badly in our lives we think God must be angry with us. As if we had that much influence!

God was angry about sin but his anger fell on Christ not on us.

Susan said...

17:8-9 The upright are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly. Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

The righteous will do the right then even when they are not rewarded because living righteously is still the right way to live.

Susan said...

18:4 You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?

Why are you working yourself up like this? Do you want the world redesigned to suit you? Should reality be suspended to accommodate you? (MSG)

It does no good pointing out people’s wrong theology when they are in pain. Be gentle with hurting people.

Susan said...

19:25-26 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;

It seems this was Job’s "break through" moment when he realized that God, himself, would provide. Even though Job didn’t have all his answers, he knew God would provide a Redeemer - one who would redeem his situation.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “The word "redeemer" in Hebrew (goel) means one who provided legal protection for a close relative who could not defend himself or herself…Though Job may not have known who his Redeemer was, we now know that He was Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5). In saying what he did, Job was uttering Messianic prophecy, though he probably did not realize he was doing so…Having made this breakthrough of faith in God, Job seems less frantic hereafter in the book. He now saw his sufferings in the light of eternity, not just in his lifetime.

Susan said...

20:3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.

It is dangerous to reply from our understanding to one who is in pain.

(From Constable’s Commentary) He (Zophar) was correct in saying that God judges sin, but he was wrong in claiming that God's judgment always takes place during our earthly lifetime. He was also inaccurate in saying that Job was the type of person he described.

(From Constable’s Commentary) The best way to help discouraged and hurting people is to listen with your heart and not just with your ears. It's not what they say but why they say it that is important. Let them know that you understand their pain by reflecting back to them in different words just what they say to you. Don't argue or try to convince them with logical reasoning. There will be time for that later; meanwhile, patiently accept their feelings—even their bitter words against God—and build bridges, not walls.