Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bible Musings (Job)

Context: Job had just lost everything and all his children in the span of a day. Job responds.

"Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.' In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong." Job 1:20-22

Context: After Job lost everything he owned and all his children, he was also afflicted physically with boils all over this body. As he lay in pain, he started to question God and the condition of his present circumstances, as he was sure (and he was right) that he had not sinned against God. God responds.

"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 'Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right? Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?" Job 40:6-9

Context: God continues on to tell of his attributes and to explain how he created the earth and the animals and controls all nature and all human life. Job responds.

"Then Job answered the Lord and said: 'I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:1-6

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