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I have a confession to make, which I made to my Chronological Bible study class at church this past week too. I don't think I've ever really studied the book of Job... I mean, I've read it, and I've appreciated the beginning and the end of the book. But, I've somehow read swiftly over the dialogue in the middle and haven't really known who to believe in all of the dialogue - Job, his friends? Well, this year I'm trying to go a bit deeper into the book of Job, and one of the things I hope to do over the next couple of weeks, in addition to reading Job, is to read C.S. Lewis' classics The Problem of Pain and A Grief Observed, the two books shown above. I'm hopeful these books will give me another look at the significant issues addressed in the book of Job. Have you read these books? On a side note, my wife and I recently watched the movie Shadowlands, about C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy's relationship and her death from cancer. I do recommend this movie. (Trailer link here).
In addition to reading Job and C.S. Lewis, I am diving into Bible.org's great commentaries on the book of Job. Interestingly, they don't have too voluminous of commentaries on this book, but what they have is terrific. A very interesting sermon about the book of Job titled The Arrows of the Almighty is at this link and another sermon titled The Ideal of Submission is at this link. A good overview of Job is near the top-middle of the page at this link and another good overview is at this link. Last, but not least, is a interesting sermon titled Why We Can Worship God at the Time of the Death of Our Loved Ones (Job 1) at this link.
Are you like me, maybe struggling a bit with the book of Job? If so, please check out some of these resources above with me this upcoming week!
Worship God: Per my discussions of C.S. Lewis above, here's a clip from the movie "Shadowlands" where the actor portrays Lewis and his quote "Pain is God's Megaphone." I don't know that I agree with the tone this actor portrays Lewis, but I do believe all of these words are Lewis' from the book "The Problem of Pain," which he wrote before his wife Joy died from cancer. After Joy's death he wrote "A Grief Observed," and I have a hunch Lewis' tone might be a bit different later in life...
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him? " Job 36:22 NIV
Prayer Point: Pray in worship to God. Exalt Him in His power. Pray in thanksgiving that God is a teacher. Pray that you are learning from God's Word.
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