Job 19: 1—21: 34
My friend Scot Keen taught through this book at our church a few weeks ago. One of the things I love that Scot said was the structure of the book tells us something. We have chapter after chapter of human blathering. This is on purpose to show us that we as humans can go around and round and blather on thinking we are figuring stuff out only to keep saying the same things over and over. It is a discipline to NOT go around and round in our heads trying to work stuff out and go to GOD FIRST. If you struggle with anxiety you know exactly what I mean. Human reasoning can only get you so far before you are like a dog chewing a bone. (That is a quote from Lisa Hatton, my dean at Bible School) You just start to gnaw and slobber over a problem and make a huge smelly mess. Your mouth is raw from the chewing, but you can’t let it go. The structure of the book of Job is teaching us that it takes discipline to go to God and not try to figure stuff out in our own sinful way and with our own sinful thinking. We sinners have to learn to say in our suffering, “I don’t have to understand this or work out the solution, my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last,” like Job taught us in the previous section.
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