“After the Lord had finished speaking to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has. Now take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer a burnt offering for yourselves. Then My servant Job will pray for you. I will surely accept his prayer and not deal with you as your folly deserves. For you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has.”
Then Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer. After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity and doubled his previous possessions.
So the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters.
Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. Then Job died, old and full of days.”
Job 42:7-10, 12-13, 16-17 HCSB
Thank You for my daily blessings Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
After God chastised Job, He then chastised his friends for not speaking as boldly and truthfully about Him as Job did. Now I know that some people literally and figuratively scratch their heads over this, because when you read over the passages where all three men spoke to Job, and then the youngster, Elihu, had his turn, you may think that they all spoke the truth about God. You may naturally think that it was Job, not these other men, who spoke untruthfully about God.
But what did God say?
After these men were chastised and told to make altar sacrifices, Job was restored physically and financially as before, and then God doubled his wealth. None of the men were punished or made to suffer in any way. But you’re still scratching your head about God’s assessment of Job versus his three friends. God wasn’t confused. He said what He knew.
So what is the lesson that you learned from this story?
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
3. What do you think of God’s response towards Job and his friends?
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