5.28 Job 29-31

Jason Powell

5.28.2020

Job 29-31

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

Oh how Job can lament! First, about the good ole’ days (chapter 29), then about his present losses and circumstances (chapter 30) and to wrap it up about the injustice of being falsely accused and persecuted although he is innocent (chapter 31). Job struggles, like we do, to justify or defend his innocence against what seems to be unjust treatment by God.

What is one key verse?

Job 31:33-34 “If I have concealed my sin as people do, by hiding my guilt IN MY HEART because I so feared the crowd and dreaded contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside.” Footnote to this verse for “as people do” is to read as Adam did…since the beginning of man we have attempted to conceal our sin.

How does what you read change your vision of God?

Oh how Jason can lament too! Unlike Job, I don’t have much of a defense for myself. I have struggled mightily with concealment of my sins…what this passage reminds me is how guilt and shame affect my heart and therefore my relationship with God and with everyone.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

That God is constantly refining us even when we think we are living pretty good (as was Job) or pretty awful (as was Jason). That God desires our pure and clean heart, unclutered by my hidden sins.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

Reminds me to be on guard against the desire to hide my sins. To make a covenant with my heart not to make it sick with hidden sin.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Jesus was the only true blameless one, so while I could complain, really I can’t (and shouldn’t).

5.27 Job 25-28

DJ and Stephanie Powell

5.27.2020

Job 25-28

Summarize what you read in one paragraph: Job 25-28 is summarized in simple as a question of where is God when bad things happen, and does he really punish those who do evil. In response, Job talks about just how grand God is and how much we lack wisdom and understanding. He clarifies that we value minerals he created over fear of God and turning away from evil which has far greater value.

What is one key verse? Job 28:28 And he said to man ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’

How does what you read change your vision of God? This passage reminds me that God is above my definition of right and wrong and the idea of justice.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? It makes me realize that wisdom comes from God’s word and to spread that word is far greater of a purpose than ever.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?) By diving deeper into Job and really understanding how we can share the gospel ie. “wisdom and understanding”. 

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?) Job 26:12 By his power he stilled the sea.

5.26 Job 22-24

Name: Jennie Povenmire

2.26.2020

Job 22-24

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

If I were to sum up my reading in one sentence, I would say “wrestling is hard but God is faithful.” Job’s friend Eliphaz, who at this point has spoken to Job three times and still isn’t coming off as encouraging AT ALL, is laying out why he thinks Job is receiving this consequence from God and how Job can straighten up. (In Toledo, we would call that “putting someone on blast,” when you lay someone out like that.) Job verbally wrestles with these thoughts…he wants answers but God will do what God will do. God doesn’t have to answer to Job or anybody. Even as he tries to rationalize what’s going on with what he knows about God, he still doesn’t get angry. He knows God is in, through, and of the situation.

Job 23:10 “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”

How does what you read change your vision of God? God wants us to have an active faith! Wrestling with Him can be a good thing because it helps us fight for our salvation.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others? Eliphaz is missing a whole lot of context and presumes to know exactly what is going on. I tend to do that too. People’s actions are rooted in context I can’t even begin to know. I need to seek more to understand what is going on before giving my thoughts. I learned in school that all behavior is a form of communication about what’s going on behind the scenes. Context is important because it helps us understand why a person engages in that behavior. If Eliphaz knew how God was using Job for his glory, I think he would have revised what he had to say.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?) I will work to listen more than I speak so I can understand what’s really going on before I make a value judgment. When I seek to understand before being understood, situations become a lot less hostile and a lot more gracious.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?) Job rolled with the punches even though he was thoroughly displeased about what was happening.  He didn’t know the context or what was going on, but he trusted and loved God even through his wrestling with the situation. Job was faithful and his faith was strengthened because of that active engagement. Jesus knew the full context of the plan God had in mind, but he still wrestled with its application. Ultimately, he too was faithful to the plan and to all of us. Jesus’ wrestling and active engagement with his Father as he prays in the Garden is an encouragement because it shows me that even though I don’t understand what’s going on, my faith in God is stronger than the circumstances.

5.25 Job 20-21

Micah Norwood

5.25.2020

Job 20-21

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

In these chapters, Job and Zophar are discussing what will happen to men who have been wicked in life. Zophar brings up that those who have been without God and describes the pain that will be inflicted upon them eventually for not living up to God’s word and how God will always give His judgement in the end. Job builds off of this by describing how, in life, many wicked people get to have comfortable and powerful lives, but in the end we will all die, no matter how comfortable or good our life is.

What is one key verse?

Job 20: 28-29  “The produce and increase of his house will go into exile, dragged away in the day of wrath. This is the wicked man’s portion from God, and the heritage appointed to him by God”.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

Reading these chapters made me think that I really don’t need to be preoccupied with what everyone else has in life, but instead should just focus on my own relationship with God. In the end we will all answer to Him and I feel I should focus more on my life and the blessings that God has given me instead of looking at what others have and start to have a covetous heart.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

In the future, I feel I will be more grateful to God, since I feel that both types of people that are described in these chapters are truly a good way to describe every single person. Most of us are not truly wicked, but at the same time, we have all sinned, and knowing what I deserve for sinning, I feel I can be more appreciative to God for loving us so much that He had His only son die for us so that we may still be able to be in a relationship with Him.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

The part of this reading that made me think about Jesus, is that ultimately, we all deserve God’s judgement because at some point in our lives, we have all sinned. This made me think about how, despite being sinners, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross made it so we can all still have a close relationship with God and be able to one day spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

5.23 Job 18-19

Krista Moots

5.23.2020

Job 18-19

Summarize what you read in one paragraph: 

In Chapter 18, Bildad the Shuhite, Job’s friend, is telling him to stop complaining and making himself the focus of everything. He then talks about what happens to a wicked man, saying that he is weakened and that everything around him is a threat. He has no name or legacy, other than one to scare others. Chapter 19 is Job’s response to his friend, in which he asks how long he will be tormented, and he calls out his friends for attacking him multiple times, and that they are putting themselves in a place above him. He then talks about how God is against him, that he has put blocks in his path and turned everyone against him. He asks for pity from his friends, and asks them why they are coming after him. He then still praises God, despite his circumstances. At the very end, he rebukes his friends, and warns them that they should fear the sword, meaning judgement.

What is one key verse?

“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Job 19:25

How does what you read change your vision of God?

These chapters remind me that God has a purpose to what is going on in the world, even when it doesn’t feel like it. It can be easy, especially in times like these, to question God and ask why everything is happening. I can be very quick to become untrusting or doubtful when things don’t go how I feel they should, so Job still honoring God in hard times reminds that God always knows best.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

It is scary when you read what Bildad says and it can be reminiscent of what people, me included, do when they don’t know why something is happening. His friends jumped to conclusions and assumed that Job had committed a horrible sin and that he must be being punished by God as a punishment. It reminds me to not judge someone and the situation they are in before I know the whole story. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

Something that I want to grow in as a result of this Scripture is to trust God to know what He is doing, and to not judge someone because of a situation I don’t understand. These go hand in hand because when you trust in God and his plan, you are less likely to judge others, because God judges, and when we are wrathful or even judgemental of others, God will judge us too.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

I see Jesus when he says to the Pharisees, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” in John 8:7. Jesus was an example of protecting people, rather than judging them. He protected a woman who was not like Job, who would always work to be righteous, but then he also pushed her to leave her life of sin.

5.22 Job 15-17

Joel Nagel

5.22.2020

Job 15-17

These chapters return to Eliphaz to begin round 2 of Job’s friends criticizing him and trying to help him see that his suffering must have been brought about by sin. Eliphaz accuses Job of not fearing God. Job responds by calling his friends miserable comforters and laments his suffering as he sinks deeper into hopelessness.

Key Verse:

Job 16:2 “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.”

Job’s friends are all trying to convince him that he deserves his suffering because of some sin. The fact that Job refuses to admit sin causes them to think he’s at least sinning by being prideful. In the New Testament, Paul makes it clear that all have sinned. Sin is a universal problem. (Romans 3) Elsewhere, Jesus is asked a very Job-esque question about the tower of Siloam and the blood Pilate mixed with the sacrifices. (Luke 13:1-5) Jesus makes it clear that God didn’t bring the 18 people into the falling tower’s path because they were especially sinful but all people sin and need to repent (change). John 9 is another great example of right thinking about sin. The religious leaders want to know who’s sin caused a man to be blind from birth; Jesus is just focused on healing him.

This helps me to view people as sinners (myself included). That sounds judgmental but I mean the opposite. We live in a fallen world full of sin and sinful people. We should not be surprised when people live contrary to God and sin in various ways. It’s the way of our world, unfortunately.

Believing this helps me to react with love instead of judgment when people sin. I’m quicker to drop my stone and walk away or even better yet, to be a helper. (John 8)

This verse made me think of Jesus because he invites all to come to him and promises a light burden and an easy yoke unlike Job’s friends we have a true friend in Jesus!

5.21 Job 11-14

Jackie Gray

5.21.2020

Job 11-14

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

Prior to this, Job poured out his anguish, bewilderment, and anger against God over his suffering. His friends, who had previously sat with him in silence, now began to respond to him one by one. In Job 11, Zophar the Naamathite is the third friend to respond. He tells Job that he is wrong to claim innocence, because God only brings suffering on the wicked. He then tells Job that, if he will only stop sinning and devote himself to God, God will rescue him. In Job 12, Job’s response to Zophar is to mock the “wisdom” of his friends and counselors, and assert that true wisdom belongs only to God. Job 13 sees Job continue to proclaim his innocence, and reject the counsel of his friends as worthless. He requests to plead his case before God, and pleads with God to take away his suffering. Finally in Job 14, Job mourns the shortness of life and the finality of death. He paints a bleak picture of a God who is overbearing and uncaring of His creatures. 

What is one key verse?

“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released. If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.” – Job 12: 13-16

How does what you read change your vision of God?

This passage opens my eyes to how powerful God is. I do not often reflect on the power of God as much as I reflect on His other characteristics. The Coronavirus and the world’s response to it have made me want to reflect on it more, however. When I read this verse, it reminds me that God controls literally everything, and that nothing can happen without His say so. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

I want to tell others about the power of God as I am reaching out to them, whether in the church or outside of it. I think that we can get so caught up in our lives that we forget that God is what really matters. We are not the main players in life: God is. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I will direct my attention and the attention of others to passages like these when it seems like we are getting too caught up in ourselves. We all need regular reminders about who is ultimately in control. 

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

I thought about Jesus in Job 14, when Job was lamenting the finality of death. Specifically, Job asks “ If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service, I will wait for my renewal to come. (14)” Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection, the waiting is over! Death is not the end, but rather, the beginning of new life! Without Jesus, we too would have to despair over death; with Jesus, we have hope that Job could only dream of. Amen!