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Bible Reading for: January 9

Job 16–19

You can read the Bible and miss the truth. Do you know The Truth?

Job and his friends continue to argue back and forth in today’s reading. I’m afraid we have a few more days of this in our future. It always amazes me how much truth both sides of this argument can spew forth and yet they miss the ultimate truth. Both parties seem to think that if you do good, by man’s standards, that things will go well with you, and that if things don’t go well with you it must be because you have done something wrong – again, by man’s standards.

Job’s friends think he must have done something horribly wrong to have had such incredible tragedy befall him. They are wrong in this belief. Back at the beginning of Job, God says to Satan that Job is a blameless and upright man; that there is none like him on the earth (Job 1:8). This means that Job’s friends cannot condemn Job without condemning themselves. If Job deserved the calamity that befell him as punishment for his behavior, then they deserved worse.

Job, on the other hand, thinks that he has done nothing deserving of the trouble he has had and that God is in the wrong to have caused him such trouble. Job, like his friends, is wrong. As good as Job is, he isn’t good enough. Job is still short of God’s perfection. Job still has need for improvement; a truth of which he is unaware.

The truth these guys miss is that they are all guilty before a holy God. God’s standard is perfection, and all of mankind has, and will, fall short of this standard. To be right before God we need a Savior, a Redeemer. What is surprising is that Job seems to know that there is a Redeemer.

Job 19:25-26 ESV
“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,”

Have I mentioned that every book of the Bible points to Jesus the Christ? Well, here He is. Job is correct, his Redeemer lives. Does he understand his need for that Redeemer? Does he understand his guilt?

Brothers, what about you? Do you think that just because you’ve accepted Christ you won’t face trouble? This is incorrect. While you have something Job did not, salvation in Christ, you still live in a fallen world. When I read Job’s complaints I think of the trouble Jesus told his followers to expect.

Job 19:13-19 ESV
“He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me. My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes. I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy. My breath is strange to my wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother. Even young children despise me; when I rise they talk against me. All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me.”

Here is one despised by the world. Brothers, that is what it means to be a follower of Christ; He was and is despised by the world and if you belong to Him you will be as well.

John 15:19 ESV
“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

Yes, the world will hate you because of the truth – Jesus Christ. This means that anyone, including family, that doesn’t know Jesus, will hate you and reject you. I have experienced that in my own life and I expect all of us to start experiencing more and more of that hate and rejection as time goes on. Brothers, our hope is not in what this world has to offer, but what Jesus has to offer in eternity. Keep that in mind as you live your life for Christ.

Vivere Victorem! (Live Victorious!)

Your brother and servant in Christ,
Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Reading Plans
Bible Order: Genesis 25-26
Old Testament Only: Genesis 20–22
New Testament Only: Matthew 7:1–20

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