JOB’S FRIENDS grow increasingly accusatory as we go through the book. This week, we hear the final speeches of Zophar and Eliphaz, who have gone from gently reminding Job that God punishes the wicked to accusing their miserable, suffering friend of mistreating the poor, widowed, and homeless!Continue reading
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JOB FINALLY vents, declaring that he must speak freely since his effort to forget his complaint has failed. In chapter 10, Job addresses God in forceful language, accusing Him of being unjust and demanding answers for his suffering.
Then Job’s second friend, Zophar the Naamathite, responds and offers little comfort. Zophar asserts that Job is guilty and deserving of God’s punishment—in fact, probably deserving of worse than he’s already suffered.Continue reading
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.