Sunday, July 22, 2012

Job 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In this chapter, Job answers Bildad.
  • Job’s response to Bildad shows that he’s not ignorant on the subject of God. He’s just perplexed because of the tragedies that have befallen him recently, which is understandable.
  • Job knew he was innocent of any sin that would warrant the kind of “punishment” he was suffering but he was frustrated in his attempt to vindicate himself before his self-righteous friends.
  • It is important to note that Job’s words towards and about God in this chapter are spoken from a man who had been through very dire circumstance and was speaking out of his pain. Later we will see that God responds to Job but for now, realize that not all of Job’s words are theologically sound.
  • Job’s words struggle with the very question we all have and have no solid answer to; the question of evil befalling innocent people. The factor Job did not consider was what if there was an evil force responsible for his pain; which clearly there was but we only know that because of our vantage point in this story. If Job only understood what was going on then he could have bared the burden he faced.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This chapter has one beautiful theme in it that we could easily miss if we weren’t paying attention. Notice the last three verses in this chapter. Job is saying he wishes there was someone who was a mediator between him and God. The interesting thing is that's exactly what Jesus says he is. Jesus tells those who follow him that he stands on our behalf before God. It’s ironic that Job is asking for the very thing that God would later become for us. Job passionately expresses the thoughts we all have had about pain in the world. However, Job wishes for the one thing we know we have, a mediator with God: Jesus. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Take a moment today and thank Jesus for being that for you and I. God welcomes all our thoughts, good and bad. And Jesus is always there on our behalf before God.