“Zophar and Job dialogue.”

Do you assume something without concrete evidence? How would others label you? Zophar is what we call a “know-it-all.” He presumes without evidence and is an example for all of us.

Job 11 – 13 Have you ever met someone who is what we call a “know-it-all?” That would be a fitting description of Zophar. First, he denigrates Job. You said your teaching is flawless and pure in God’s sight, but if you are so wise, you must know that behind this circumstance, you stand convicted of sin.   Remember, there are two sides to the wisdom coin; earthly and true. [James 3] Job reminds Zophar that God is key to understanding which wisdom is revealed.  Is Zophar only looking at the earthly side of that coin? Zophar claims that God has only forgiven only some of Job’s sins, so he needs to relinquish his pride and seek God’s face for forgiveness.

Job tells Zophar: you are just like the so-called experts who extol their wisdom while alive, but when they die, so goes their wisdom. What God determines will come to pass regardless if we are wise or not. Instead we ought to pray: “keep me back from presumptive sins.” [Ps 19:13]  Zophar would be prudent to heed those words.

Job says this has not happened because of my sin. Instead, God is orchestrating it for His purpose. “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28] Job will continue to trust God.

  There are two life principles here: (1) don’t presume you understand God’s ways for some are revealed and some are hidden; [Deut 29:29] (2) remain faithful to God even in the hard times.

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“A Bad “Hair” Day in the Palace”

calendar pages gen 40Genesis 40-42  Wonder what life in Pharaoh’s Palace was like? We need to look no further than these chapters before us. There is intrigue, questions about loyalty and the power of the scepter! Sounds much like the story of Esther where a despot ruled and people fell or rose according to his whim. This is not nirvana but real life. There is suffering, desire and the tempers that must be soothed. While the cupbearer and the baker walked the palace halls, Joseph walked the prison floors. All three will become entwined just because Pharaoh had a “bad hair day” so it was off to the dungeon where they met Joseph their newly appointed attendant. Even palace prisoners have a hierarchy it seems.

Committed to this prison for a crime he did not commit, Joseph weathered this trial with dignity, honor, and integrity no matter what the circumstances were. Now with the opportunity to testify to the power of Elohim as opposed to the idol gods of Egypt, Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him when he stood before Pharaoh but as we shall see, once again dreams were dashed. As each day passed and the calendar pages turned, Joseph could not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sometimes life is like that with us. We weather a storm only to have it come around again and again. Joseph teaches us that we take it one day at a time and that is what we have to do. We must trust that God is in this storm even if we can’t see or understand until eternity.

Are you prepared to remain faithful as he did?

 

 

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