Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Job 22-31

The conversation continues.  Job and his buddies carry on with the back and forth "you must have sinned" "no I didn't" conversation that's been going on.  Rather than bore you with more of the same, we'll highlight a couple of conversational keystones.

#1  Wisdom.  Job speaks of how wisdom is the gift everybody wants.  You can't buy it, you don't find it in the earth; you have to obtain it from God.  To have wisdom is to be truly blessed.  Our favorite line from this chapter was "Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."  Brilliant!

#2  Job starts to crack.  No, he doesn't give in to his friends' notion that he's sinned, but he starts getting so upset with them that at the end of this reading he tells them that he IS righteous.  This whole time he's been telling them, "No, I haven't sinned, but I will stay strong because it is not your place to judge me, only God's."  Now he's starting to feel like he's getting the third degree, so he finally snaps and says, "Enough!  I'm not a sinner!  I know am right with God even though my judgement has not yet come."

This will remain short tonight, as the book of Job is right at it's height.  Tomorrow's readings appear as though we'll have a little mediating from another party.  We should finish tomorrow.

Happy trails!

1 comment:

  1. You guys would enjoy the 'Book of Wisdom', not found in the KJV... but it's relevant and sad that it's not in some versions!