Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Job 16


Prairie Chick said...

So the first thing I was struck by was how Job just "assumed" this was all a result of God's attacking/punishing him. which wasn't the case at all. Second, I always love, love, love the close of this chapter.

"Even now I have one who speaks for me in heaven; the one who is on my side is high above. The one who speaks for me is my friend. My eyes pour out tears to God. He begs God on behalf of a human as a person begs for his friend."


Berry Girl said...

such a deep dark place that he is in. The silence from God at this point is heartbreaking.

Chris said...

His anguish seems to turn a corner here, if I'm reading this right. In previous chapters Job wishes God would end his life... in verse 18, he's revealing his wish for mercy on his life, for God to step in and rescue and... I want to say redeem, but I think validate is the word I need here. He wants to know that he remained faithful. Have I got that right?

Joan said...

I like that in the first 6 vs. Job calls his friends "miserable comforters". They were no help at all. Life App. says that Job's words reveal several ways to become a better comforter to those in pain: don't talk just for the sake of talking; don't sermonize by giving pat answers; don't accuse or criticize; put yourself in the other person's place and offer help and encouragement.

These are great suggestions seeing as they came from someone who needed comfort.