Tag Archives: Job/’Iyyob

Job 38-42: God speaks for Himself; Iyyob repents and is restored

Richard AgeeWhat are the lessons of the book of Job? ’Iyyob (Job) needed to understand how to judge rightly and justly. Our focus should be on God’s wisdom and knowledge, not on the work God is doing in someone else.

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Job 32-37: Elihu prepares Iyyob to meet God

Richard AgeeThere’s a tendency to discount what the friends of ’Iyyob (Job) have to say, because God corrects them at the end of the book. Yet, significant portions of counsel from one friend, Elihu, actually prepare ’Iyyob’s heart — for example, hope of a mediator with God and resurrection — for the epic encounter with God in the closing chapters of the book.

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Job 8-14: Iyyob begs God to end the war against him

Richard AgeeAs we go through this book, Iyyob (Job) and his friends become more hostile. His friends can’t convince Iyyob that he is a unrepentant sinner, and Iyyob can’t convince his friends of his integrity. Iyyob said God was fighting against him, but Iyyob would not assume to fight against God.

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Job 5-8: Learning to lovingly ‘disagree’ with God

Richard AgeeThis is a quick survey of the book of Job. Today we will start with chapter 5 as we continue to follow Eliphaz the Temanite’s vision, which starts in chapter 4. 

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Job 1-4: Be slow to judge others

Richard AgeeGiven an outside view of what the Adversary was allowed to do to ’Iyyob (Job), we can look down on the spiritual ignorance of his three friends and even of ’Iyyob’s statements in his defense. Rather, this is a powerful lesson on proverbially removing the “log” from one’s eye before looking for the “sawdust” in someone else’s (Matt. 7:3–5; Luke 6:41–42).

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Deuteronomy 13-14: Destroy false ‘true’ prophecy; tithe in the third year

God’s severe instruction for dealing with someone who has dreams or receives messages that come true and who performs miracles is sobering. It was not a problem for a prophet or dreamer outside the Levitical community to perform miracles or have visions. It became a problem if that person spoke out against the Creator and Redeemer revealed in the Bible or spoke for a false god.

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Genesis 15–28 recap — Vision vs. trance; sons of God, daughters of men, unequal yoking

This section of Genesis introduces us to Abraham and his family. We start to see how God communicates His revelation through Abraham’s family (not just the men, but the women as well). We also rediscover how God calls, trains and corrects those He longs to call His sons and daughters.

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