Job: Let God Be God

Daily Devotions for the Month of December

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1: The Test Jb 1
2: Divine Limitation Jb 2:1-8
3: Accepting What God Gives Jb 2:9-13
4: Is It Better To Die? Jb 3
5: When The Righteous Suffer Jb 4-5
6: Lord, Leave Me Alone! Jb 6-7
7: True But Wrong Jb 8
8: The Need For A Mediator Jb 9-10
9: The Folly Of Platitudes Jb 11-12
10: The View From Below Jb 13-14
11: Worn-out Theology Jb 15
12: Honest To God Jb 16-17
13: A Vision Of Faith Jb 18-19
14: When Life Seems Unfair Jb 20-21
15: False Accusations Jb 22-24
16: The Grand Perhaps Jb 25-26
17: Where Is Wisdom? Jb 27-28
18: The Wrong Of Self-defense Jb 29-31
19: Youth Answers Age Jb 32-33
20: Tried To The End Jb 34-35
21: Your God Is Too Small Jb 36-37
22: The God Of Nature Jb 38-39
23: Can You Handle It? Jb 40-41
24: When We Repent Jb 42:3-6
25: Christmas At Uz Jb 42:10-11
26: Speaking What Is Right Jb 42:7-8
27: Forgiveness And Prayer Jb 42:9
28: A God Of Purpose Jb 42:1-2
29: God's Compassion And Mercy Jb 42:12-13
30: Job's Daughters Jb 42:14-15
31: A New Beginning Jb 42:16-17

The book of Job is perhaps the oldest book in the Bible. No one knows who wrote it. Some scholars think Moses may have written it, while some date it as late as the time of Solomon. But one thing is certain: the Holy Spirit gave this book to us. It is a very profound book, and in many ways it touches upon certain themes more deeply than any other book of the Bible. It is also a very beautiful book, written in majestic, glorious language.

Job was a real man, not a mythological figure. He is mentioned by Ezekiel and classified as one of the three great men of the Old Testament, along with Noah and Daniel (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). In the New Testament, James mentions Job, referring to his patience and steadfast endurance (5:11).

According to the opening part of the book, Job lived in the land of Uz, and he was probably one of the most prominent citizens of that land. He was a contemporary of Abraham, most likely, so this book goes back to the very beginning of biblical history.

As we will see, the book is a kind of epic poem, very much like the Iliad and the Odyssey, by Homer. Some think it was presented at times as a drama in which actors recited the parts of the different characters in the book. Most of the book is poetry, but it begins and ends with a prose prologue and epilogue, which are like program notes that are given to the audience in this drama.

We pray God will bless you through this daily devotion.

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