Job and His Book

The Book of Job.

It sits there in the Old Testament like a great big 10 lb. roast.  To eat it all, you must take small bites over a long period of time, digesting slowly.

It is a story that asks all the big questions:

Can man really know God?  

Can man actually be righteous before God? To decode the religious lingo, “righteous” here means “not influenced by personal interest.” Or selfish motives.

 Is there such a thing as real holiness? 

And those perennial favorites:

 Why is there so much suffering in the world?

 Why, finally, are comfort and trouble, and happiness and unhappiness so unevenly distributed?

We’d like the answers to all those heavyweight questions in small words and short sentences so we can feel smarter fast and comforted even faster.

But we’re going to have to sit with sick, sorrowing, wretched Job for 37 chapters. We’ll sit in the pile of ashes in front of that table of big, fat, questions.  And when God shows up in chapter 38, we’ll find some answers that make sense. I invite you to sit with me once a week, on Tuesday, right here.

Job wanted answers.  God gave him answers.  Let’s find out what they were.

If you have ever asked any of these questions, have you come to any conclusions?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jason Sanders on February 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    The Book of Job leaves more questions than answers, but the answer is bigger than the questions.

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  2. It certainly asks a lot of big questions. And, yes, I think we’ll find that God answers by redirecting the focus or gaze of man. Fascinating. I hope you’ll stay in the conversation!

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  3. Posted by Erin Smith on February 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I love how God shows Himself steadfast in the end, and I love Job’s faith…even if he has times of lamenting… he is faithful and God is faithful<3

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