1/4/2018 Job Chapters 1-5
So, if you are like me you are asking — why are we going from Noah’s life in Genesis all the way to Job? They are separated by at least 15 other books and what about Abraham and his family? Well, one of the realities of reading scripture chronologically is that this is just the first time we will “jump” from one book to another as scholars strive to place the events in their historical order. While there is no direct scriptural statement, many scholars feel there is enough evidence to support the events in Job occurring after the Flood but before the arrival of Abraham.
Most of us are familiar with the theme behind the book of Job but let’s take a look at one point of fact. As we read we will see Job’s “friends” present various reasons for Job’s suffering. We often highlight the bad “advice” that Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar provided. But reflect upon a very good things they did — when their friend was hurting they came to him. They even sat on the ground with him for “seven days and seven nights.” When we see a friend in need do we travel to them, sit with them, and be quiet in their presence just to let them know we are there? Silence may actually be the best advice we can bring, but we should be there for them.