The third day’s reading is done, out of 90, for the Old Testament.
Do you remember when the Lord counted Abraham’s faith for righteousness? It was when he looked up, at the Lord’s instruction, into the sky to count the stars and visualize his descendants.
Reminds me that in heaven there will be a “great multitude” beyond number.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands (Rev 7:9 NET).
And how will many if not most of those people get into heaven? Because they have believed the message of Christ. And to whom has this message been entrusted? To you and me.
Do we believe that through our preaching and teaching that the numberless multitude will be saved for heaven? Maybe we need, like Abraham, to do some star-counting.
Ever notice how Job and his friends talk past each other? Job knows their arguments, since he probably has mouthed them before. But know he knows that, with the new element of suffering in his own experience, they’re just mouthing “platitudes.”
Doesn’t his majesty terrify you?
Doesn’t your fear of him overwhelm you?
Your platitudes are as valuable as ashes.
Your defense is as fragile as a clay pot.
Job 13:11-12 NLT
Ah, the old arguments roll trippingly off the tongue, don’t they? The easy defense of God belies a lack of true reverence, says Job. I think he’s right. In one sense, the book of Job is a theodicy. In another, however, God never asks us to defend him. “Will you argue God’s case for him?” (v. 9).
Job wasn’t reprimanded for speaking his mind. But his friends were rebuked, told to go to Job and offer a burnt offering for themselves. Job would pray for them. Because they hadn’t “spoken accurately” about the Lord (Job 42:7-9).
His friends fell back on accepted, but flawed, knowledge, while Job was after the truth that explained the whole picture. Job, the truth-seeker.
So what did you come up with in your reading of these chapters today?