Thursday, January 2, 2020
7:00 p.m. CST
Job speaks to friends: he says his grief cannot be weighed, and he laments his weakness. Job’s friends are not helping him; he challenges them to point out his unrighteousness to him.
Job speaks to friends: his present suffering like the futile, discouraging work of a servant or a hired man, with no hope or reward, only weariness. ‘My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.’ Job wishes God to leave him alone, and that he has been made God’s target inexplicably.
Bildad rebukes Job: Job and children must have sinned to cause Job’s trouble. We were born yesterday. Man without God withers like a payrus without a marsh. God will bless the blameless.
Job expresses frustration with the unknowable power and majesty of God. Such a mighty God who can crush him with a tempest cannot be answered, or argued with. Because Job despises his life, he feels that there is nothing to fear in accusing God of destroying the innocent. Job’s days are swifter than a runner. There is no point in him defending himself. There can be no legal mediator between Job and God.
What Job would say if he could: show me why You contend with me. Is it good that you should oppress me in this way? Why are you afflicting me if I am your creation? (This is exactly the sort of speech Job says in chapter 9 that it is not worth making.) Job wishes to go to the land of darkness.
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