Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 42

Forty-two consecutive days through the book of Job, one chapter per day. I began these “ponderings” on the first day New Zealand entered Level 4 Lockdown in response to Covid-19. We are now in Level 3 and will be for, at least, another week. The Pandemic is far from over. The implications of the Pandemic will continue for a very… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 41

I enjoy watching nature documentaries. I especially enjoy watching nature documentaries which focus on the oceans and seas. Next to outer space, mankind has known less about what is in our oceans than what is on land – though we are still learning more about what is on land all the time. In chapter 41, God continues to speak to… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 40

Chapter 40 contains God’s strongest rebuke to Job. In verse 2, God asks Job if he, though he has found fault in the others, if he is going to argue with God and seek to find fault with Him as well! In verses 3-5, Job replies by essentially saying he has already said too much. He recognises his place before… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 38

I usually write these in the morning… However, I am wide awake tonight… I just stood in a carpark and prayed with two young adult siblings from our church who just learned their little brother died only hours ago on the North Island in a motorbike crash. Life in this broken, fallen world is so hard; so full of sorrow;… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 37

Chapter 37 is a very interesting chapter when read in light of the first verse of 38. In chapter 37 it seems like an actual storm or whirlwind is approaching. Elihu is taking something he and they are actually seeing and referencing it as a display of God’s majestic power and authority. Little does Elihu know, it will be out… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 36

In this chapter, Elihu continues in his speech to describe and defend God. Yet his view of God is still incomplete and distorted. Even more, I can only imagine what must have been going through Job’s mind when he heard Elihu say verse 4! Further evidence that Elihu has a very serious case of “young man’s disease”. Yet, at the… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 35

A lot of Christians are functional Deists. Elihu seems to be as well. A Deist believe God exists. They believe God is the Creator. They believe He may one day return to set things right in His creation. But in the meantime, He is distant and has nothing to do with our everyday lives. Elihu has a firm grasp of… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 34

34 consecutive days of pondering Job. I don’t actually know if anyone else is still reading these. 🙂 In New Zealand, today is our first day of life under Level 3. Full Lockdown is over, for now. Many are returning to some kind of work, yet there are many who are still working from home or are home from school… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 33

Elihu jumps into the content of his speech with this chapter. Most of this opening portion addressed to Job, Elihu spends telling Job to be quiet and listen to him as he will teach him wisdom. He does give the option for Job to answer him if he can but quickly seems to assume he can’t and just continues with… Read more →

Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 32

In Job 32 we meet one of the most enigmatic characters in all of the Bible. Elihu wasn’t named among Job’s counsellors/visitors in chapter 1. He isn’t named by God when God rebukes Job’s friends in chapter 42. He has the longest speech of any of the human speakers in Job, yet Job does not reply to him. Elihu tells… Read more →