Challenging Authority

Several times in today’s Bible reading* we see challenges to authority. And challenging authority was not a good thing! Anyone who’s had children knows that children will at some point challenge authority. They will test boundaries. We see it in nature, too as young lions challenge the dominant male. These are natural challenges. It’s part…

First-Hand Knowledge of God is Far Better than Hearsay

In today’s Bible reading we see the final word from God and Job. God’s statements involve two mighty creatures, Behemoth (a hippopotamus?) and Leviathan (a fire-breathing dragon-like sea creature that must have become extinct since Job’s story was written). Although both of these are creatures, God reminds Job that he can’t even get his own…

God Gets the Last Word — Every Time

Job has raised his questions and voiced his complaints. His friends have spoken their peace. We have seen all of this unfold for thirty-seven chapters. Now, in today’s Bible reading, in just two short chapters and two verses, it’s God’s turn to ask the questions. “Hey, Job, so you think you’re “all that”? Were you…

A Cowardly Lion in the Face of an Untamed Lion

Is it just me, or is today’s Bible reading difficult to hear (especially Chapter 23)? Job’s reply to Eliphaz sounds haughty to me. He sounds proud. I can almost hear Job boastfully repeating these words, almost like he’s talking smack to God. If only I knew how to find him, so that I could go…

God Afflicted Job

Job teaches us an important lesson in today’s Bible reading. If you remember from our first day of reading this book, Satan approached God and obtained permission to afflict Job. But Job says in 19:21b that God has afflicted him. So who was it? Was it Satan or was it God? Why would Job even…