April 22, 2021
DAY 110: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Once again, our journey through Job finds Job proclaiming his righteousness before God. Job asks God, not challengingly, but pleadingly, asks God to reveal his transgressions to him. Elihu, a fourth friend, who listened quietly to Job, while Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar debate Job’s righteousness.
Seek God’s direction and understanding of Job 31-32. Read Job 31-32. Let’s journey!
Job and his friends have each made assumptions about God, about how God rules, and about how justice in the world works. These assumptions are revealed throughout this book. Many of these assumptions continue to be held today!
Job 31-32 of Job reveals three qualities of Job. The first is that He believed as his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Since Job believed that a person who led a righteous life was rewarded by God during his lifetime; Job also believed that a person who led an unrighteous life would punished by God during his lifetime. Job believed that he lived a righteous life that should be pleasing to God. Job was willing, if he was wrong, to accept punishment for his unrighteousness. Elihu, another friend of Job stood off and listened to Job and his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar debate Job’s righteousness. Elihu listen and contemplated. He kept quiet allowing the others to finish the discourse of accusations and denials. Elihu was silent because he was the youngest person present. He followed custom allowing his elders to speak first. Elihu says little in Chapter 32 except to point out to Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, that their accusations against Job were empty because they provided no proof of Job acting unrighteously. (Job 31:1-32:22)
Read chapters 31 and 32, and ask yourself these questions: What assumptions about God and the way He rules are being made by Job? What assumptions about God and the way He rules are being made by Elihu? What assumptions have you made about God and the way He rules in your life?
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