July 28, 2020 – Tuesday
Job 11:1-6 NIV
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?
3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in Your sight.’
5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that He would open his lips against you
6 and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.
Yesterday, July 27, Monday, we looked at Job’s reply in chapter nine to Bilbad who in chapter eight rebuked Job for defending himself against changes from Eliphaz. After defending himself, Job in chapter ten asks God ‘Why?’ He is desperate to understand why his life has changed so drastically. He wants to know if he is being punished for some sin. He is incredibly miserable and wants to know why this is being done to him, why such suffering has come into his life. He even asks God to reveal the sin – if any – that he is being punished for and ends up wishing he had never been born.
That’s when Zophar steps in with his reply to Job. His reply reeks of anger and disgust. He accuses Job of saying to God, My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in Your sight. Going back to chapter ten we find Job said no such thing, but Zophar interpreted Job’s remarks as saying essentially that. Instead what Zophar does is reveal himself as a man without compassion or empathy for Job. Zophar doesn’t know of any particular sin Job has committed but remains judgmental against Job. This is not unlike some we know today who are always saying of someone suffering, ‘Well, they probably deserve it or had it coming.’ That is until pain and suffering comes their way, then their tune changes and they begin to sound more and more like Job in chapter ten, ‘Why me? What have I done?’
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I had reached the point above when I had to break to help with Calvary Chapel Church’s food ministry. Then off to a doctor’s appointment where I was informed by problem a week ago Monday was not my heart as I suspected, but pneumonia of all things. Thankfully mild.
It was then that Sharon and I rushed off to Wilmington Ohio for a getaway to celebrate our 49th anniversary. Once there I finally got all setup and was working my way through some apparent internet problems.
What happened next? My five-year-old computer died. Did quit and restart. Died! Turned out the rechargeable battery was no longer rechargeable, and its charge was zero. Zero.
Result? A new computer. Why? It would/will take over a week to get a replacement battery. So, I am typing this on my new computer while waiting on new rechargeable batteries for the old computer. Want to have a back up for future efforts.
A few words about the purchase. The tech had mercy on me and spent the next 90 minutes transferring everything on my old hard drive to the new hard drive. Can’t say enough about how much I appreciated his efforts.
Everything was then good. Up and running. Right? Nope. My old version of Microsoft word etc would not work. My old version was when you could purchase for life. Not anymore. Now I have a year’s subscription to all the capabilities of Microsoft SW and obviously we are up and fully running. Thus soon, this Verse/s of the Day will be complete and mailed out. Then I can get started on Wednesday’s Verse/s of the Day and do my best to get it out tonight as well. Blessings all.
Well that did not work. Turns out the one 3×5 I did not bring along was the one for my email passwords. Lots of agonizing and effort and quitting, then trying again 12 hours later and finally both emails are up and working once again.
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Listen to Zophar’s self-righteousness, he wants/wishes God would speak, that He would open his lips against you [Job] and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. This is not how anyone should behave, especially a friend. Jesus shows us a different way for those we believe who have strayed away from the faith. In Matthew 18:12-14 in The Parable of the Wandering Sheep; What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.
Jesus does not suggest waiting on the wandering sheep to return, instead he looks for the lost sheep and does his best to get him back. Then he celebrates his return. Of course, in this parable the sheep are believers in Jesus as the Messiah.
All too often we tend to look at those who haven wandered from the faith from the church with condemnation much as Zophar would. Jesus’ direction is that we should always be looking for a way for them to return to the flock. Prayer is always positive and an openness to talk and share our own faith. And when it happens the individual returns, we should celebrate.