Coral and jasper shouldn’t be mentioned;
the price of wisdom is more than rubies.
Cushite topaz won’t compare with her;
she can’t be set alongside pure gold.
“Did not!” “Did too!” “Did not!” “Did too!” Have you ever found someone accusing you and you go back and forth like this? Though in much longer speeches, this is what happens with Job and his so-called friends. On and on the arguments continue. Instead of compassion for Job and the great suffering he is experiencing, he is accused of doing bad things. His suffering gets worse because of those who could comfort him, but don’t. All of this gets Job angrier and angrier until he explodes in God’s presence.
Take a look at all these arguments from chapter 25 to 27. But it’s especially chapter 28 that I encourage you to read carefully. Job’s stress pushes him to the edge of his thoughts and emotions; he begins to teach where wisdom can be found. The chapter reads very well. Spend time thinking about the meaning of the verses for today.
When you read “The fear of the Lord,” think of the word we use a great deal today: awesome. We need a feeling of awe before God that will bring us to the brink of wisdom and lead us right through its doorway!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Nothing compared to wisdom vv. 18-19
For more about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the Second Week in Lent
Spring in the north. Year C
Tuesdays we read from The Book of Job.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…