Ok…this is the next to the last one… Job 7 & 8
Job 7 has me on a ride because it’s so beautifully bipolar! Poor Job is all over the place, but he’s all over the place with God. In church Sunday, we were talking about the breakdown of the books under the classification of poetry/wisdom and now I’m seeing SO MANY of the similarities that it’s crazy. Seminary taught me the “theory” but to now see certain things come to life is pretty awesome. 98.37% of chapter 7 reads like Ecclesiasties. Verses 1-2…so much dutiful service with no rest turns out to be utter nothingness for Job. He’s not even talking about just himself yet, he sees the issue for all of mankind – not even just that we “work”, but that we are like duty bound military soldiers under Yahweh Sabaoth, or the Lord of Armies; that even soldiers expect a time of rest and reward for their service. But verses 3-4 point to his personal realization that he may have been wrong because even sleep is useless. I remember times like that. Holding on to the “H” in “hope”, thinking that I could just try to sleep my endless and twisted anxiety away, but it never working.
Then we had Psalms 26 and 139 in the bulletin and I was reading through them both and it struck me to wonder just how David, if he indeed wrote Psalm 26, knew he was “innocent”? *Psalm 26 reads SO MUCH like “Job”…Psalm 139 sounds more like “David”* Just like Job, WE know David’s story, but honestly we don’t even know that God considered David a man after his own heart til JESUS came!! And nowhere in David’s shenanigans did God even NEED to point David out! LOL So just how, again like Job, was he so able to be that confident? It tells me two definitive things: that God truly has NO favorites and that he knows just how to deal with every one of his children because he knows the hearts of his children. Some scholars limit Job to a test of JOB, but God is so bad that he was testing all Job’s friends at the same time…just in different ways. Because even if they were part of the “stiff-necked” set, there’s no way they walked away at the end of their time with Job thinking the same way about God.
So 7:1-10 were kinda “nice”…from 11 on it’s like Job snaps! LOL But not even in an arrogant way. He just wants to know what he did wrong…verse 20 made me cry. He’s struggling because he doesn’t understand – to the point that he even asks God if he has become a “burden” to him. That broke my heart because it reminded me of a young man I’m very close to. He’s walked with the idea that if he’d never been born his mother wouldn’t have gone through some of the things she did. It’s a painful thing to see a man wrestle with the idea that he’s become/was a burden to the one that should love and protect him most. But again, what’s funny is that he doesn’t even bother speaking to his friends…this is all straight poetry from Job’s heart to God…cause sometimes you just gotta ignore even your best friends to get in God’s face. We were talking about an artist named August Alsina recently and I watched an interview where he was the most wise and self-aware person IN the interview. For me he made the people interviewing him look foolish and immature and he reminded me of Job…sometimes, even though he was answering a question, it seemed like he was more doing a Job 7 and just pouring his heart out.
In chapter 8, Bildad pissed me off even more than Eliphaz if that’s even POSSIBLE!! I had to walk away and stop reading him for a minute by verse 6. This guy tells Job in verses 4-6 that his kids brought their own death on themselves and he should learn from that!! WHAAAAAT?!?!? So in one breath he told Job he was a bad parent and his kids were worse!! Far as I’m concerned, he sound like satan in verses 5-6. For a “friend”, Bildad obviously knew nothing about Job…and it’s ironic that he tells Job to BECOME what God had already said Job IS! We gotta watch “saints” who wanna tell us who we are or aren’t in Christ because of what they THINK THEY SEE. Because once again chapter 8 is just another friend who is so right yet SO wrong.