Today’s reading is: Job 15-18
Job Chapter Fifteen
- Eliphaz makes a second attempt to correct Job, and declares that Job’s carnality is corrupting his wisdom (Job 15:1-6).
- Eliphaz attempts to humble Job, by putting his stature down in comparison with either the post-diluvian patriarchs, or more probably the Firstborn of all creation (Job 15:7-10 cf. Prov. 8:22ff.; Isa. 40:13,14).
- Eliphaz insists that he is attempting to gently help Job to recover from his carnality (Job 15:11-16).
- Eliphaz makes a second appeal to human observation (Job 15:17 cp. 4:8), and urges Job to depart from the company of the godless (Job 15:17-35, esp. v.34).
Job Chapter Sixteen
- Job declares that his friends have been no help at all (Job 16:1-5).
- Job realizes that continual complaints are getting him nowhere, but as he has no other options, he will continue (Job 16:6).
- Job states that God has destroyed him thoroughly for no reason whatsoever (Job 16:7-17).
- Job expects that God’s wrath will kill him (Job 16:18-22).
- When he dies, the earth will cry out for vengeance (v.18 cp. Gen. 4:10).
- When he dies, he will finally have the opportunity to confront his witness and his advocate (v.19).
- Still, Job’s only thought is to legally contend with God (v.20), for which he has to wait until physical death (v.21).
Job Chapter Seventeen
- Job shows eagerness to embrace his physical death (Job 17:1-2), and dismisses his friends as ignorant false informants (Job 17:3-5).
- Job considers what his name will mean to those left behind (vv.6-9).
- He invites his unwise counsellors to join him in death (vv.10,16).
- He embraces Sheol like a place of refuge & family (vv.11-15).
Job Chapter Eighteen
- Bildad makes a second attempt to correct Job, though he is insulted by Job’s words, and insults Job right back (Job 18:1-4).
- Bildad’s attempt to correct Job is a lengthy description of how terrible the life and death of the unbeliever can be (Job 18:5-21).
- The light in his tent is darkened (v.6a). The tent is the body (2nd Cor. 5:1), and the light within is the Divine evidence God has placed there (Rom. 1:19).
- His lamp goes out above him (v.6b). The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ (2nd Cor. 4:4), which is there for all unbelievers walking in the world of God’s grace.
- He is torn from the security of his tent (v.14). The believer is delighted to be set free from the body of death (Rom. 7:24), but the unbeliever is addicted to his own fallen body (Heb. 2:14,15; Rom. 8:15).
- This is the place of him who does not know God (v.21). Bildad suggests that perhaps Job has never been saved in the first place.