The Postlude, The Prelude

John DeJong

READ : Job 42:13 I have learned so much by spending time with Job. I hope these meditations have in some way brought you into an encounter with this man of God and with the God of Job. Books both have and could be written on the record of this exceptional man and his experiences. In single verses, solitary words, there are subtle, profound underlying truths waiting to be discovered and believed. This last meditation is from my own observation …

A Happy Ending

John DeJong

READ : Job 42:10-16 The good news of Job’s last one hundred forty years begins with a prayer of forgiveness and loving intercession resulting in restored relationships with friends. I’ve known friends, even family members, who never experience restored relationships. We need a celebration! Food enough for everyone for several days! Hugs and gifts for all. We need to party more in the church! Don’t miss the happiest moment of all, the celebration of our coming resurrection! Job affirmed his …

Vindication

John DeJong

READ : Job 42:7-9 God does not need apologists, human opinions, man’s endorsement or vote. He knows who He is! What God seems almost obsessed with is our knowing Him rightly and experiencing Him fully. God’s anger is kindled against Job’s friends because they portrayed Him inaccurately and incompletely. They knew much about God but without a relationship with Him. This passage describes the vindication of Job. In a certain way it is also a vindication of God, the person …

God Answers with Questions Part I

John DeJong

READ : Job 38:1-10 For thirty-seven chapters, Job struggles to find answers, answers for pain, suffering and spiritual confusion. Unrelentingly he has addressed his questions to God. He has received only false accusations from his “friends,” no words from God. Finally God responds with questions! Four dozen questions in four chapters! Some insult Job like the questions of his friends. To others, Job can only answer, “I don’t know.” The first time I read the questions God poses I was …

Elihu Goes On, and On, and On…

John DeJong

READ : Job 33:1-11 Approximately a seventh of the book of Job is Elihu’s discourse! How did he get there? Who asked him to speak? What are his personal credentials? No answers! It is hard to find a thing wrong with what Elihu says. Much of his discourse you will find in other Scriptures. Some of his words are the same or similar to the pronouncements of God Himself. He has a lot to say, six chapters, but I doubt …