January 25, 2024
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DAY 026: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Our journey today continues through the book of Job. Job is a righteous man. He believes in God. He trusts in God.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Job 7-8. Read Job 7-8. 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 7-8: Job pleads with God to relieve him of the tests and trials through which God is putting him. When Job speaks to God, Job is actually telling God what God is doing to him; incorrectly. It appears that Job believed that if you lived a righteous life God rewarded you with material blessings. That would mean Job believed if he forsook living a righteous life that God would take your material blessings away. Reading Chapter 7 in its entirety gives the impression that Job believed once a person died there was no afterlife. All accomplishments and rewards were for the living because once a person died they ceased to be. Job also assumed that his afflictions may have been the result of sin for which he wasn’t aware. He asked God to forgive him for that sin. Bildad, who, along with others, came to comfort Job in his time of suffering, told Job that his children, all of his children, were killed because of their sin. (Job 7:1-6:22)
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 Bildad? What assumptions have you made about God and the way He rules in your life?
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