February 12, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Job 13-14
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Context: At the end of Joshua, we saw a clear example of how the actions of one or the few can affect all. This was the prominent thought throughout much of the Old Testament. Job, however, offers a shift in that thinking. Job is contends that he is being judged on his own actions and that it only effects him. It is a shift in thinking, from a group mentality to an individual mentality, which many hold today. Job goes on to express his belief that his friends can no longer help him. We also see Job recognizing the fragility and shortness of life and crying out to the Lord to have mercy. Today's reading concludes the first group of speeches; one from each of Job's three friends, and Job's response to each. The friend's repeating theme is to repent and seek the Lord's forgiveness, for Job has surely sinned. Job's theme is that his situation is unique, which his friends fail to realize, and that he has done no wrong.