Job’s Restoration (and Ours)

In Job 42:7-17, Job's story ends just the way that we hoped it would. Job's three "friends" Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar get rebuked by God. And everything that Job had lost, his possessions, his health, and his family, gets restored by God. In the forgiveness of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, there is a beautiful picture our redemption … Continue reading Job’s Restoration (and Ours)

Job’s Confession & Repentance

We take God too lightly. We take His name too lightly. And I'm not talking just about people who aren't believers, people who don't know God. Remember, Job was a believer. Job did know God. Job's sins were not the sins that his friends described, but he was not without sin. In Job 38-41, God allowed … Continue reading Job’s Confession & Repentance

God Speaks to Job (And To Us)

God's monologue in Job 38-41 makes a few things clear to me: God chose not to respond to Job right away. He chose to allow Job and his friends to struggle a bit with this issue of pain, even though it meant Job receiving some incredibly bad advice. It is just a fact that God allows … Continue reading God Speaks to Job (And To Us)

Does God Love More Those Who Suffer Less?

In Job 22-31, the third and final cycle of dialogue between Job and his three friends, Job's friends' arguments are getting much shorter. In fact, Zophar doesn't even open his mouth, and Bildad only speaks for 6 verses. In desperation, Eliphaz even accuses Job of mistreating widows and orphans in Job 22:9! Job's friends just simply cannot understand … Continue reading Does God Love More Those Who Suffer Less?

“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

The second round of conversations between Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and Job in Job 15-21 reveals that Job's friends have escalated their personal attacks on Job: Eliphaz tells him that his own words condemn him and that he clearly doesn't fear God. (Job 15:1-6) Bildad criticizes Job for not listening to his friends (Job 18:1-4), and asserts that … Continue reading “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

“Who That Was Innocent Ever Perished?”

"Yet who can keep from speaking?" (Job 4:2) Apparently not Eliphaz, one of Job's "friends" who tries to step in and speak for God as to the reasons that Job's life has come crashing in around him. Eliphaz believes that he has the answer to Job's problem. To Eliphaz (and the rest of Job's friends), … Continue reading “Who That Was Innocent Ever Perished?”

The Christian Man’s Response to Suffering

Job lived during the time of the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), probably near the earlier end of that timeframe, but this book was written about him much later. This is how all history was maintained in patriarchal period. It was passed down orally from generation to generation until someone recorded it for posterity in writing … Continue reading The Christian Man’s Response to Suffering