Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Job 15-18


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Job Chapter Fifteen

  1. Eliphaz makes a second attempt to correct Job, and declares that Job’s carnality is corrupting his wisdom (Job 15:1-6).
  2. 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).
  3. Eliphaz insists that he is attempting to gently help Job to recover from his carnality (Job 15:11-16).
  4. 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

  1. Job declares that his friends have been no help at all (Job 16:1-5).
  2. Job realizes that continual complaints are getting him nowhere, but as he has no other options, he will continue (Job 16:6).
  3. Job states that God has destroyed him thoroughly for no reason whatsoever (Job 16:7-17).
  4. Job expects that God’s wrath will kill him (Job 16:18-22).
    1. When he dies, the earth will cry out for vengeance (v.18 cp. Gen. 4:10).
    2. When he dies, he will finally have the opportunity to confront his witness and his advocate (v.19).
    3. 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

  1. Job shows eagerness to embrace his physical death (Job 17:1-2), and dismisses his friends as ignorant false informants (Job 17:3-5).
  2. Job considers what his name will mean to those left behind (vv.6-9).
  3. He invites his unwise counsellors to join him in death (vv.10,16).
  4. He embraces Sheol like a place of refuge & family (vv.11-15).

Job Chapter Eighteen

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
    1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. 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).
    4. 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.