Reading Job

jobJob could be my favorite book of the Bible. Why? Because it has so many layers one could consider. In it, we learn a lot about God, and yet He remains a mystery. In it, we see ourselves in Job’s struggles. In it, we see both good and bad ways to relate to someone in suffering. Layers.

If you are joining us in reading the Bible this years, you know that we are now in the middle of this book. So, as you continue reading the book of Job this week consider the book as a dialog. It’s a dialog on the relationship between God and humanity. A question of the dialog is humanities relationship to its own hardships. “Is suffering a punishment from God for wrong action?” “Is suffering a lesson from God to teach us something?” “Or, is suffering something else?” In this dialog between Job and his friends, and Job and God, we see some good ideas and some skewed ideas.

I would like you to consider joining me in taking what each speech in Job is saying. Write down a short statement summarizing each speech. For example, Job chapter three’s speech could be summarized as Job saying, “I desire death/relief,” and the first half of Eliphaz’s response in Job chapter four could be summarized as Eliphaz saying, “You must have done something wrong to deserve this.” My hope is that by summarizing the speeches we’ll be able to track the dialog more closely, while forcing us to pay attention to its content. As we look back on the dialog, we’ll be able to see the entire dialog and message of Job. Let’s see what happens and how God is speaking.

May you see the beauty of this book as you read this week. And may God reveal His goodness and grace as you go.

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