Job 21-23

Chapter 21

It’s Job’s turn to speak. He has some good questions for god. Keep thinking, Job, you have the makings of a skeptic; you’re just a little ahead of your time. Job asks: “Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful?” (v 7) … “And yet they say to God, ‘Go away. We want no part of you and your ways. Who is the Almighty, and why should we obey him? What good will it do us to pray?’ (They think their prosperity is of their own doing, but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)” (v 14-16) Too bad Job is afraid to continue that line of thought, but he’s not alone. Like most believers, he knows that this kind of doubt leads to loss of faith.

Chapter 22

Eliphaz starts up again, and his accusations get more personal: “There’s no limit to your sins. For example, you must have lent money to your friend and demanded clothing as security. You must have refused water for the thirsty and food for the hungry.” (v 5-7). Wow, talk about making sh*t up! There’s more bad science in v 14: “For thick clouds swirl about [god], and he cannot see us. He is way up there, walking on the vault of heaven.” And then he preaches the Prosperity Gospel message in v 21-28: “Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you….”

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Remember at the end of chapter 13 when Job had questions for god and I wondered if he’d get an answer? Well I guess not, because he’s still waiting.

Chapter 23

Job says “If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me.” (v 3-5). Don’t hold your breath, Job!

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