About Job 34-42
We finally finish up these long dialogues between all of the characters of this book. After Elihu closes his speech, the Lord comes in and has some questions and somewhat answers for Job and his friends.
About 1 Corinthians 1-2
1 Corinthians is written by Paul to a group of people called the Corinthians. Paul is ultimately writing to them because they have become divided and he wants them to unite for the advancement of the Gospel.
Elihu’s Final Thoughts
While Elihu believes he is speaking on God’s behalf, he eventually ends up at the same conclusion the Job’s friend’s did. He tells Job not to blame God for wickedness and says that Job must have turned aside from following the Lord’s ways. Elihu continues to condemn Job while extolling and proclaiming God’s greatness and majesty.
God’s Answers Job
Finally, we hear from the Lord. He tells Job to prepare himself and then jumps right in. God questions Job to remind him that even in the revealed world, much is still hidden about God and his majesty and governance. (See Job’s Response) After this, the Lord gives an example of two beasts that cannot be subdued by humans. His point here is that if it is futile for people to try to tame these beasts (which are part of God’s creation), then how much more should Job be cautious about bringing his case and standing before God?
Job’s first response after the Lord answers him is one of silence. Then Job has a response of submission and repentance.
God Rebukes Job’s Friends
God now addresses Job’s friends and tells them that they have not spoken rightly of him. God is going to give Job the opportunity to intercede on his friend’s behalf- and He knows Job will do it.
Job’s Fortunes Restored
At the end of the book, we read how Job’s possessions and family have been restored. This happens after Job surrenders to God and is reconciled with his friends.
Paul Addresses Divisions in the Church
Paul is appealing to the Corinthians that there be no divisions among them. They have started to say “I follow Paul” or “I follow Apollos” instead of just saying “I follow Christ.” Paul reminds them that he did not come to baptize, but instead to preach the Gospel. He also says that no one should boast in anything but the Lord, so there should be no reason for divisions.
Wisdom from the Spirit
In this chapter, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he came to them preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and nothing else. He then begins to talk about relying on the Spirit for his words so that no one would rest in the wisdom of men, but rather in the power of God. Paul talks about the role of the Spirit and how He is the only one who knows the thoughts of a person and the thoughts of God.
Thoughts to Ponder
Ultimately, what brings Job comfort in the end is kneeling before the Lord and repenting. Does kneeling before the Lord or repenting bring you comfort? Try it out this week! Actually get on your hands and knees to pray.
In both chapters of 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about preaching the Gospel. Do you feel you know how to do that in a clear and concise way?
It is and always will be a scary thing to share the Gospel. It can often be intimidating that you won’t know the right answers or things to say. 1 Corinthians 2 encourages us to let the Spirit do His work in those situations. This should encourage us to study and pray more, not less!
When’s the last time you shared the Gospel with someone? Pray about who God might be leading you to this week.
This illustration was one of the biggest instruments for me to learn how to share the Gospel. I highly encourage you to check it out!
1 Corinthians 3-14