This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll finish the Historical Books and move into the genre of Wisdom Literature.
What Is Job? This book provides insight into the suffering of Job, a man whose faith was deliberately tested. Poetic dialogues between Job and his friends, who attempted to apply traditional wisdom to his situation, make up most of the book, which concludes with God speaking to Job.
How Job Fits Into the Story: Job reminds us that suffering comes to everyone, the righteous and unrighteous alike. God does not always keep His people from danger or suffering. But the book of Job reminds us that God is wise and powerful, even in our darkest seasons. His presence is always with His people.
1. How does Job 19:23–27 offer hope in the midst of your own trials and suffering?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.