Where Did He Come From?

John DeJong

READ : Job 32:10-20 The three friends turned accusers have been defeated in trying to convince Job to admit that he is guilty. Their final response is the same as the conclusion many of us reach about others, “They must just not be as good as they look.” Then comes Elihu the Buzite, busy buzzing about a man he didn’t know, leveling against him false charges born out of generalizations. False charges are leveled at almost everyone. Many years ago …

Society's Outcasts

John DeJong

READ : Job 30:1-8 Job identifies with most all who were less blessed than himself. The word empathy could have been originated to describe Job. This passage describes a group of people Job felt did not have even one redeeming quality. It has always been the same. For centuries it was the leper. In Jesus’ time shepherds were held in this low regard. For many Jews the Gentiles deserved this very low opinion. Today we would probably think he is …

The Good Old Days

John DeJong

READ : Job 29:1-25 Looking back with Job we can learn lessons that will help us plan for good memories. First, God must have a big part in our lives. He says, “God watched over me.” “God was an adviser in my tent.” “The Almighty was with me.” God made his lamp shine on my head when I walked through the dark in his light.” Secondly, Job could honestly, yet humbly remember his good deeds, saying, “I was eyes for …

The Problem of Injustice and the Answer

John DeJong

READ : Job 24:1-17 Today the protest against injustice is louder than ever, more pervasive, more persuasive. We see ourselves as victims. Victims of criminals, victims of police, victims of bosses, the government, the courts, the IRS. . . . Job doesn’t see himself as the victim in these verses. His protest is against those who mistreat others, especially the poor, the orphans, the disenfranchised. His protest is against inhumanity, immorality, the dark deeds of men done under cover of …

Job Presents His Case Innocent!

John DeJong

READ : Job 23:1-12 Something has refreshed Job. Adrenaline seems to have covered the pain. Or does innocence and outrage over injustice empower Job? No, boldness is born not from arrogance but confidence in God’s basic fairness. Job feels that God is responsible for his condition. He addresses his complaints to God. Nevertheless, he is confident God’s final words will be, “I now set you free.” Have you ever stood before a judge? Sometimes you tremble as if guilty even …

A Whisper of Hope Shout it Out

John DeJong

READ : Job 19:23-29 The book of Job raises difficult questions. How did Job receive the faith he holds to so resolutely and lived so unwaveringly? If Job knew God without the Bible, what about other peoples throughout the ages? One relevant and contemporary lesson is that we must be very careful on our demands of “how” we insist God has to go about saving people. The book of Job teaches us God can speak to anyone, anywhere, in the …