JOB REPLIES to the rebuke of Eliphaz and brings up some interesting points for our study this week. While admitting that God is just and all-powerful, the suffering Job still maintains that his complaints are justified.
We see another reference to the divine council in Job’s mention of “the arrows of the Almighty (Shaddai)” and “the terrors of God.”
Then we discuss Job’s anguished question, “Am I the sea(-god) [Yam], or a sea monster [tannin; i.e., a dragon] that you set a guard over me?” (Job 7:12) This is a reference to Genesis 1:2 and God’s taming of the forces of chaos, a theme to which Job returns in chapter 9, and which we’ll see in depth later in our study of this book.
WE REACH the conclusion of what reads like the trial of Job by his friends as Bildad delivers a very short speech, his third, followed by Job’s eloquent and impassioned closing statement. We examine some interesting contrasts today, as Job asserts the power of Yahweh over that of other Ancient Near Eastern deities with references to Rahab (the Canaanite god Yam), Baal, and Abaddon.
Remember — we begin something new this week as we will celebrate communion at the end of this episode, so if you can, be prepared with your own version of the bread and the wine.
OUR STUDY of the Book of Job continues as we work through chapters 18 through 24. Today, we see Bildad the Shuhite and Eliphaz the Temanite, two of the three friends who’d come to comfort Job, go beyond just criticizing Job to flat-out lying about the wicked things Job must have done to deserve the punishment of God!
Even in the midst of his despair, though, Job remains steadfast in his faith. From chapter 19:
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
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