Welcome to the Job chapter one and two, edition of the Blogging Through the Bible series, where some special sisters commit to reading the Bible cover to cover, taking turns blogging as they (we) go! We would delight for you to journey with us and share in the discussion by leaving a comment, or/and with a journal, maybe gathering a study partner or two or three and meeting to share answers to each devotional's questions.
You can see my partner bloggers in this endeavor, at:
Words From the Wheel by Stacey Lynn Wells
No Longer Lukewarm by Angela
Purposeful Motherhood by Tatiana (formerly The Musings of Mum)
Job Chapter One
Have you ever read the book of Job? It's kind of hard to take. It is full of mystery and tragedy, to me, but ALWAYS worth the study, and ALWAYS treasures to glean from time in the Word.
Let's get right down to it.
Good and Blessed
There you have it! Foundational knowledge for understanding this scenario. Job is a GOOD man. Read those words, "perfect and upright," God fearing, and that word eschewed- it means he avoids evil!
And the said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the , and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Satan is roaming the earth in the meantime!! (Job 2:2, and also previously Job 1:7)
Job is stricken with sickness and illness, ridden with sores. He sits among ashes and scrapes his skin with broken pottery (a treatment of the time, or a sign of anxiety and grief?) Anyway, his wife suggests that he curse God, but even at this weakest, after so much loss, grief, illness and heartache, NOT JOB. He calls her foolish. (Job 2:7-10)
Then (verse 11-13) tell of three friends who leave their palaces to come visit and comfort Job. At the sight of him from far away they were shocked....and saw that this situation was indeed so dire and tragic, that they had no words. For three days all they did is sit beside him, oh besides weep and wail and join him with dust on their heads.
Oh I do hope you join our BTTB endeavor to join the study on what happens next...
Do you see why I used the words mystery and tragedy in the introduction paragraphs? What do you find mysterious and tragic about these chapters? I encourage you to read the chapters and reflect! We would be delighted for you to share your thoughts in the comments.
Would your faith endure the losses and grief that Job endured?
How can we act to help build our faith strong so that we are able to endure such hardship?
Was it Job's sin that caused his hardship?
What else can we learn from these chapters? What stands out to you?
Dear God, I want a pure, strong, and humble faith like Job. I can not muster it on my own. Your Holy Spirit please do the work in me so that no matter circumstances around me, I am humble and turned with an open and loving heart towards YOU. Please help me to be a good friend and to be present to sit beside and love, as You lead. In Jesus's name, amen
disclaimer: My posts do not substitute for reading scripture. They do not stand as complete summaries of the Bible or my own version or interpretation. My BTTB posts are me sharing my thoughts, wishing to pique your interest or encourage discussion and involvement with His Word.