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)
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'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)
Job's three friends were no help to him at all. Finally, a much younger man named Elihu stepped up who had apparently been listening to these older men argue. As a younger man, Elihu knew his place and didn't want to be impudent. But when Elihu realized what lousy advice was being given by Job's three … Continue reading Elihu Burns With Anger
Job's friends have argued until they are blue in the face that God is sovereign and God is just and that the only answer to Job's obvious suffering and grief and sickness is that he is being punished for unconfessed sin in his life. Job has countered their arguments by saying that he agrees that … Continue reading Enter Elihu
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?
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”