THE STORY OF JESUS: Job 3-4
“As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” (Job 4:8)
All scripture is God-breathed, but not every word is God’s word. (2 Timothy 3:16).
The bible includes words from Satan, as well as limited human perspectives.
God speaks through these stories and perspectives, to point us to Jesus.
In this passage, Job’s friend Eliphaz tells Job he gets what he deserved.
Even Paul mentions reaping what we sow (Galatians 6:7)…
I’ve heard Christians use this ‘truth’ as well, but is it God’s truth?
In this case, Eliphaz is wrong; and God does not approve of what he says.
But more than that, in Jesus we discover how we do NOT get what we deserve.
As we read Job, we need to be careful not to take it as gospel truth.
As we will see, God is in charge, not the law of ‘karma’.
I see Jesus as the key or filter for reading the bible (Matthew 5:38-39).
This is why I spend most of my time in the gospels, to soak myself in Jesus.
What might Jesus say to Job, and what could He be saying to us through Job?
Thankfully, because of Jesus, we do NOT reap what we sow (or we’d be in trouble).
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord Jesus, thank You for the deep, deep truth of grace which sets us free from the law of sin and death. Help me to stay centered in Your truth as I read the bible.