Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.

Job’s friends “encourage” Job by arguing that God is always just, thus accusing Job of major sin. Job counters the accusation, and also notes that they’re not exactly comforting him.

He's way off base and totally sure of himself too – not a great combination.

This make his trials even worse, but sets up the coming lessons.

He takes the bait and starts arguing details with Eliphaz.

There's no point in pretending to be superman.

He prattles on poetically while Job writes in pain.

This is not the time and place for this kind of lecture.

He thinks this must be punishment for some specific sin.

Job raises the questions we all have about tragedies.

They do the key thing real friends would do – show up.

Job's the one with the abnormal reaction.

Job is crushed by these calamities and cries out in pain. His wife and friends provide little comfort.