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Day 27 (Jan. 27): Job speaks of anguish; Job protests his innocence

Job in anguish. ‘I hate my life, so I will complain freely. I will speak of the bitterness in my soul. I wish that I had died.’ – Slide 39
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Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s Reading
Job 30-31
(Before 2100 BC) Click here for a timeline of the whole Bible.

Questions & Observations

O. So, Job will speak no more.  Will you miss him?  I feel sorry for the guy.  I think his anguish should end.  He has proven he is faithful!

Q. I don’t know if this repetition is supposed to elicit humor, but it does for me.  I guess two methods of helping the reader commit the story to memory are repetition and humor.  If Job is in such bad shape, how can he come up with these long speeches?  Do you see humor, Rob, or am I just being heartless?

A. It appears all that Job has are his words, so he’s going to use every one of them.

O. (Job 30:20): I do see a very similar story here that foreshadows Jesus’ crucifixion.  Christ cried out to God to ask if there was another way to forgive sinners, but he did not get a reply from God.

Q. (31): Whom is Job talking to in this passage?  If scavengers are not listening, surely no one is.  Is there anything else in today’s reading that I’m missing.  Just more of the same ranting we have been reading?

A. The story appears to be recorded for the benefit of an audience, but we don’t exactly know who it is, other than readers.  When I said that this was an extended story on the question of suffering, you might have thought I was exaggerating, but…

Summary of Job: https://www.gci.org/articles/the-trial-of-job/

Tomorrow’s reading: Job 32-34

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