Sometimes we just don’t know what to do or say when someone is going through a very difficult time. For example, what would you say to a mom or dad whose beloved child was kidnapped? Today’s reading shares something like this pain that was felt by Job. Besides the loss of his loved ones in death, many of his friends abandoned him, not wanting to be around him anymore. Instead of people to comfort him, other selfish and proud “friends” kept blaming Job for all he had lost. “It’s your fault, Job!”
Watch what happens when Job reaches the very bottom of all this pain. Like a rubber ball that bounces up when it hits the ground, the very extent of his pain has him cry out with assurance: “But I know that my redeemer is alive and afterward he’ll rise upon the dust. After my skin has been torn apart this way—then from my flesh I’ll see God! (Job 19:25-26). From the dust beneath the cross of Jesus, resurrection would soon be on the way!
Suggested Bible Breath: I know my Redeemer lives. v. 25
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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Lent, we read from the Book of Job.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick