Saturday, 10 August 2013

Job 41-42

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...

41:10-11 No one is fierce enough to rouse it. Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.

Since everything belongs to God, how can we make a claim that God has to respond to? How can we so cleverly word a prayer that God would have to respond to? How can we force God’s hand? We can’t. We have to acknowledge His Sovereignty.

Susan said...

42:3 Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

How often do we speak of things we don’t understand? We talk about God as if we know far more than we actually do. One of the lessons of Job is to be humble since we don’t know as much as we think we do.

Susan said...

42:6 Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.

(From Constable’s Commentary) “Job admitted sinning because he suffered, but he did not admit that he was suffering because he had sinned.”

(From Constable’s Commentary) "He does not repent of sins that have allegedly brought on the suffering; he repents of his arrogance in impugning God's justice, he repents of the attitude whereby he simply demands an answer; as if such were owed him. He repents of not having known God better . . ."

Susan said...

A concluding thought on the book of Job:

(From Constable’s Commentary) “Job forgot his cry for vindication since he had received something much better: a revelation of the person of God and renewed fellowship with God. He had lost all, but he had found God and was now content. He had stopped asking, "Why?" since he had come to know God. We do not need to know why if we know God. This is one of the great lessons of this book.”