Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.
Job: God Is Always Just (Job 32-37)
Job has been through the meat-grinder of tragedy, losing his family, his prosperity and his health in one day. Then, his “so-called” good friends attack and condemn him, accusing Job of sin and selfishness.
When ten rounds of accusation and defense play out Elihu, a young friend, steps up seeking to justify Job (Job 33:32) and explore the character and purposes of God. As he speaks, with Job’s apparent interest and permission (Job 33:32 – 34:1), pay close attention to …
- Elihu’s condemnation of Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar’s caricature that “suffering is for sinners.” (Job 32)
- Elihu’s contradiction by Job’s complaints of the “injustice of God’s actions.” (Job 33)
- Elihu’s confirmation by God’s character of the “justice of His motives.” (Job 34)
- Elihu’s conviction of God’s condemnation of the “pride of evil hearts.” (Job 35)
- Elihu’s communication of God’s charity through the “goodness of God’s methods.” (Job 36:1-23)
- Elihu’s confidence in God’s compassion because of the “majesty of God’s being.” (Job 36:24 – 37:24)
As you read through this section of Job, keep one thought in mind: No matter the mess you are in, you may not know the why, but you will always know the character of God; he cares for you.
It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.
You can obtain more help from the FREE Bible reading schedule on our resource page. In His Image is a daily devotional that also follows our reading schedule and expresses the Biblical truth: “God Created You to Love You.” You can find this resource on the side bar of our website.
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