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    Job 20-28

    We ended last week with Job’s certainty that he needed more than an advocate to plead his case or an intermediary to come between him and God. So that is why he calls for a Redeemer.   “Job is no longer asking for an intermediary or someone to plead his case but for a Redeemer to rescue his life. He is not asking for a friend but for a family member who will claim him before God. While everyone in his immediate family has either been taken from him or deserted him he is asking for a family member he cannot see not just to plead his case before God but…

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    Job 15-19

    Again, we need to see the context of our assigned passage this morning. Last week we met Job’s three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. It’s not exactly our definition of friendship, is it? They sit with him silently for seven days but then their responses to his misery grow increasingly harsh. This morning is no exception. In fact, it is growing hard to believe that they have ever been friends. It almost seems like they have been waiting for years to discover some hidden sin in him that would bring him down. If there ever was even a shred of compassion or mercy it is gone and all that is…

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    Job 2-14

    We left Job last week with him having experienced the loss of everything but in spite of that his response was not numb shock or anger. It was simply “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” We are in Chapter 14 this morning but I think it is important to give the context before we get there. The final words of Job in Chapter 1 might have been the end of Satan’s test but it wasn’t. He insists on upping the stakes and while staying faithful after losing everything is not insignificant it is too easy.  The real test will be when…

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    Job 1

    For a number of reasons I have never taught the book of Job. The easiest excuse is it has never been assigned in the curriculum. But even now that it has I have been tempted to skip it and go with something easier and less intense. After all, how many of us want to spend the next several weeks talking about suffering? Haven’t we had enough suffering in the last year? Wouldn’t we rather have something more upbeat and affirming? Another reason is almost superstitious for me and maybe for you as well. It is the sense that if you start talking about something bad then it may happen to…