Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Job 27

8 comments:

Chris said...

Wow. Only 14 more of these encouraging light-hearted chapters (!) It does paint a very morose picture of the fate of the godless, hey?

I wish I could speak with such confidence (vs.3&4) - that I simply will not speak wickedness and utter no deceit. He has a completely different tone than Paul, who admits that he does things he doesn't want to do, and doesn't do the things he wants to do... I can unfortunately relate much more to Paul.

Welcome, Kerri and Nikki! And great to see you here again Denise!

Berry Girl said...

yep - here begins Job's defense of himself.
My notes say that Job had finally pinpointed the issue between himself and his friends - their view of God's retribution.
His friends keep telling him that all suffering comes from sin and all righteousness is rewarded, but Job knows that this is not so.

I love Job. The book. I know it can seem monotonous but there's something about it that I just really love...

Prairie Chick said...

"my conscience will never bother me." v6

wow. I agree with you, Chris. How does one ever get to such a place of assurance and confidence in their innocence! I mean, even Mother Theresa's journals are filled with personal insecurities and sorrow despite her life of gentle devotion. I wonder if Job is just so sure that he is walking in repentance and forgiveness (if we remember the way it said he would always sacrifice and pray lest his children had sinned in their hearts in the beginning of the book) that he "knew" he stood forgiven and clean before God. We should have that same assurance in Christ when we are living in the light of His death and resurrection for us. That even though we may not be "innocent" the reality of redemption makes us innocent before God.

kschultz said...

Great to be here with you all! I like job. I wonder about verse 14 and the hope for the children of the wicked. Any insight on this?

Nikki said...

I love Job too. It snaps my own trials back into perspective. I feel inspired to persevere.

Thanks for all your comments - I really enjoy hearing everyone else's take :)

Denise said...

“In the midst of all the accusations, Job was able to declare that his conscience was clear. Only God’s forgiveness and the determination to live right before God can bring a clear conscience. How important Job’s record became as he was being accused. Like Job, we can’t claim sinless lives, but we CAN claim forgiven lives. When we confess our sins to God, he forgives us. Then we can live with clear consciences.”

Prairie Chick said...

see what I mean???!!!! :)

Lois said...

RE: verse 14. My "Quest" Bible has a comment about 13-17: Job is describing a general principle, a way that God's justice operates in life. A wicked person often engages in conduct that brings about his own death or destruction. The righteous, who do not engage in such conduct, may not experience early death or destruction. Naturally, general rules don't apply in every case." Hope this helps.