March 18, 2021
DAY 75: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
In our journey today, continuing through the book of Job, Job responds to Zophar’s claim that wealth and health are the result of righteous living. Eliphaz accused Job of horrible sins against the people, advising Job to turn from his ways so that God may restore him.
Take a moment to pray for God’s understanding to today’s journey through Job 21-22. Read Job 21-22. 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 21-22: Job tell’s Zophar to hush and listen to him. He tells Zophar that he is speaking to God and not him, concluding that Zophar will not listen with an open mind. Job asks God why the openly wicked flourish. Job asks God why those who openly mock and deny God flourish. Job asks God why their punishment is reserved for their children, expressing that the sinner, not his offspring, should receive the punishment for his sin. Job observes that the rich and the poor find themselves in identical status when they die. Elizphaz accused Job of a series of sins, which resulted in God’s anger against Job. Eliphaz counsels Job to repent and change his ways, so that God may restore him. A very sad observation regarding Eliphaz and Zophar: they both chose to ignore what did not fit into their understanding rather than seek out God to reconcile their understanding to His truth. (Job 21:1-22:30)
Read chapters 7 and 8, 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 Eliphaz? What assumptions have you made about God and the way He rules in your life?
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