Reading Job through Jesus!

“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.

One Comment

  1. God’s hedge.
    Surrounded by God’s protective hand.
    Life was given me to serve the Lord and He is in charge.
    Like Adam, I too am fallen.
    And yet, I am protected within that hedge.
    His abiding love lasts forever.
    But all too often I have the downward look – gazing only on my trials and troubles and asking where is my God.
    I need the upward look for by His power I am set free – free to serve. Upon that Rock I am able to face all my tomorrows. I will continue to put my hand in His and He will lead and guide me through this life – leading and guiding me. I need to turn my eyes upon Jesus.

    O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    There’s light for a look at the Savior,
    And life more abundant and free.
    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full in His wonderful face,
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His glory and grace.
    Through death into life everlasting
    He passed, and we follow Him there;
    O’er us sin no more hath dominion
    For more than conqu’rors we are!
    His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
    Believe Him and all will be well;
    Then go to a world that is dying,
    His perfect salvation to tell!

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