April 20, 2023
DAY 110 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Job 31:2-4
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, listened quietly to Job, while Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar debated Job’s righteousness.
Seek God’s direction and understanding of Job 31-32. Read Job 31-32. Let’s journey!
Job 31-32 of Job reveals three qualities of Job. The first is that He believed as his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar believe. 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 be 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 the custom of 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 31:132:22)
Our focus verses for today:
2 For what is our lot from God above,
our heritage from the Almighty on high?
3 Is it not ruin for the wicked,
disaster for those who do wrong?
4 Does he not see my ways
and count my every step?
(Job 31:2-4, NIV)
There is nothing in the Bible that would allow a reader to believe that Job did not lead a righteous life. It is interesting to know that, although Job wished bad on no one, he believed, possibly expected God, to carry out His judgment on the unrighteous during their lifetime. Job’s words mirrored Jesus’ teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. A teaching that would not be delivered for another 2000-plus years. (Matthew 5:17-6:4) Job lived before the 10 commandments. Job’s words reflect that he knew God. Do Job’s words reflect he understood God?
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