Further revelation of God usually results in God’s being stripped of our human-imposed limitations. It also leads to God’s creation finding new life and availing itself to the renewed call to be in partnership with God, transforming the world and bringing freedom to others.
In today’s scripture, we read of a Job who has been in God’s presence and now knows without a shadow of a doubt that his Redeemer lives and stands upon the earth. From this place of certainty, Job is able to come alive, trust, and regain pleasure in life.
Without fear, Job avails himself to be used by God in new ways. He is first called to be a priest to those friends who had spent countless hours theologizing instead of encouraging him during his time of distress. Probably most of all, as one who was dispossessed, Job is called to be a model of courage with a willingness to start all over again, entrusting all things to the God of whom he has a renewed understanding. Then, as one who has known the pain of losing his children, Job is called to fearlessly reengage in parenthood, this time with an understanding that God also deeply loves and cares for daughters and sons. With this renewed understanding of God, Job radically turns the cultural norms of his world upside down by granting an inheritance to his daughters as well as his sons.
Reflect on what this new status would have meant for Job’s daughters. What cultural norms is God calling you to view in a different way and to question? How will you respond?
Sometimes we can look back and see why challenging things happened to us, but this is not always the case. Job never fully understood his story but finally submitted his life to God in humility. In Job’s case, God restored with abundance. The psalmist also rejoices that although the righteous may suffer, God brings ultimate restoration. The reading from Hebrews continues celebrating Christ’s role as the compassionate high priest. Unlike human high priests, who serve only for a time, Christ remains our priest forever. A man without sight in Jericho knows of Jesus’ compassion and cries out for it, despite attempts to silence him. He asks Jesus for mercy, physical healing in his case, and Jesus grants his request because the man has displayed great faith.
Read Job 42:1-6, 10-17. What are your happy and unhappy endings? How do you acknowledge both?
Read Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22. How does God deliver you from your fears? Recall a recent experience of this.
Read Hebrews 7:23-28. What distinction do you draw between sacrifice and offering?
Read Mark 10:46-52. How do you respond to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
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