Job wraps up his interactions with his “friends” and now the youngest observer, Elihu, cranks it up. Apparently he has been listening all along (4th of 4 friends?) and is upset with the other three friends. They had found no answer to Job’s questions, yet condemned him for his self-righteousness. As Elihu makes his case about seeking God, he lambasts the three older friends before he turns to harshly instruct Job.
In Genesis Joseph steps up in the Story – and what a wild ride. His life is filled with opportunities for bitterness, yet he clings to God as each setback costs him dearly. It is not as though Joseph had stellar judgment and full maturity when this started – after all – he was only a boy. But as his ups and downs unfold, Joseph finds the hand of his God within his isolated, suffering life.
Remember, we are considering Job and Genesis side by side because they help us understand the deep roots of our story. In Job we find a suffering servant who bows his will before his Creator. In Joseph we see the face of one who suffers in a foreign land that is not his home. Sound familiar?
With friends and brothers like these – who needs enemies?
Glad you are the good kind of friends!
Dave & Burnadette