Today’s reading is: Job 12-14
Job Chapter Twelve
- With all three friends in agreement, convinced of Job’s guilt, Job presents an argument of one who finds himself alone in the world (Job 12:1-6).
- Job asserts that he can preach wisdom as well as the three critics can, and delivers a tremendous sermon on God’s Sovereignty from the standpoint of creation (Job 12:7-13:2).
- This section opens and closes with denials of inferiority (Job 12:3; 13:2), and a hint of Job pulling rank based on his age (Job 12:12 cf. 15:10).
- Job affirms God’s absolute sovereignty (Job 12:9,10) then describes His seemingly arbitrary pattern for tearing down (Job 12:14-25), and failing to identify God’s uplifting of the humble (Ps. 107:40-43).
Job Chapter Thirteen
- Job restates that his legal case is not with them, but with the Almighty God (Job 13:3), and urges his three friends to stop representing God’s interests in this dispute (Job 13:4-12).
- Job is confident in his legal case before God, and knows that he will be vindicated at whatever time God chooses to hear the evidence (Job 13:13-28).
- Job is willing to risk physical death in order to argue his case before God (v.15).
- Job understands that he is qualified to approach God’s presence through prayer, and intends to do so until God answers him (v.16).
- Job is ready and eager to cross-examine any witnesses God may put forth (vv.22,23).
Job Chapter Fourteen
- Job’s summary of physical life (short and difficult) is an interesting commentary on fallen humanity’s lost estate (vv.1-6).
- Human resurrection is not like the natural realm (vv.7-12).
- Accountability will come in the next life; Job is assured of that (vv.13-17).
- The mountains may erode, but Job will see justice at some point (vv.18-22).