It’s been close to 10 days since I checked in. I hope you are doing well.
We just finished the book of Job. Again, many scholars believe this to be on of the hardest books to interpret.
Vicki posed a good question in the thread she asks:
"In the old testament the prophets refer to Jesus and his coming, but for Job to perfectly describe Jesus in 16:19 seems a little out of place. Or is it just me? Would he realize who he's talking about here?”
I think Job is talking about God here. Remember, Job is in deep pain and yet that pain could not take away his faith. When he says, “Even now my witness is in heaven, my advocate is on high” he is speaking of God. Later, the story of the bible will obviously reveal that God is three persons in one and the gospels will reveal the Son to be Jesus, but when it comes to Job’s understanding of who this is it is YHWH ( the God of heaven and earth).
What are thoughts on Job? It is a unique story. If you have any thoughts or dialogue we can continue the discussion in this THREAD. Just add comments below.
One of my professors at McMaster actually wrote a commentary on Job. I like what he says:
“The book of Job does not resolve the rational question of the problem of the innocent suffering. The story of Job suggests that, in human experience, the cause of individual suffering may remain forever a mystery. Readers are privy to the reason for Job’s anguish, but Job himself will learn of the challenge in the courts of heaven that so drastically changed his life. The quest for wisdom does not lead us to explain the order of the universe but to live within it under the sovereign control of God. A large portion of the dialog is an attempt to explain the order of the world in terms of justice and retribution; but in the end this effort is condemned by God. Job’s friends cherished religious conviction more than a vital relationship with the living God, for they believed in a rational deity who was enslaved by a greater principle: justice.
Job is a solemn reminder that our attempts to defend the order of God may not be honouring to him at all. Although Job is overwhelmed by God to the point that he is brought to silence and submission, God, in the end, takes his side - the side of the man who challenged the divine rule - and Job must offer sacrifices for his three friends. The profound lesson of the book of Job would seem to be that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."