Morning Reading: Wed, 14 Mar – Job 23-24 ~ Job’s cry for justice

Morning Reading

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Job 23-24 (NLT)

Job’s Complaint

Job 23 (NLT)

Then Job spoke again:

+ I can’t find God – “My complaint today is still a bitter one, and I try hard not to groan aloud. If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me. Would he use his great power to argue with me? No, he would give me a fair hearing. Honest people can reason with him, so I would be forever acquitted by my judge. I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed.

+ God is testing me – “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food. But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does. So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny. No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me. God has made me sick at heart; the Almighty has terrified me. Darkness is all around me; thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere.

Job’s Cry for Justice

Job 24 (NLT)

+ The godly wait in vain – “Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?

  • Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers.
  • They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures.
  • They take the orphan’s donkey and demand the widow’s ox as security for a loan.
  • The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety.
  • Like wild donkeys in the wilderness, the poor must spend all their time looking for food, searching even in the desert for food for their children.
  • They harvest a field they do not own, and they glean in the vineyards of the wicked.
  • All night they lie naked in the cold, without clothing or covering.
  • They are soaked by mountain showers, and they huddle against the rocks for want of a home.

+ The poor are ignored – “The wicked snatch a widow’s child from her breast, taking the baby as security for a loan.

  • The poor must go about naked, without any clothing.
  • They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving.
  • They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst.
  • The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning.

+ The wicked are allied with darkness – “Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths.

  • The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief.
  • The adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No one will see me then.’ He hides his face so no one will know him.
  • Thieves break into houses at night and sleep in the daytime. They are not acquainted with the light. The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.

+ The wicked live in fear – “But they disappear like foam down a river. Everything they own is cursed, and they are afraid to enter their own vineyards. The grave consumes sinners just as drought and heat consume snow. Their own mothers will forget them. Maggots will find them sweet to eat. No one will remember them. Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm. They cheat the woman who has no son to help her. They refuse to help the needy widow.

+ God will judge – “God, in his power, drags away the rich. They may rise high, but they have no assurance of life. They may be allowed to live in security, but God is always watching them. And though they are great now, in a moment they will be gone like all others, cut off like heads of grain. Can anyone claim otherwise? Who can prove me wrong?”

“O’ Lord” – Lauren Daigle


Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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