Essay on Job s
I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” ebb 42:2). Job’s relationship with God seems to have deepened , and he has become wiser as a result . He appreciates more than ever that his former prosperity was not due to his own strength and power. But the difference Is only a matter of degree. Was the Improvement worth the unspeakable or loss? We don’t get an answer to that question from Job or from God?
God Denounces Job’s Friends ebb 42:7-9) God denounces the three friend who arrogant proclamation of false wisdom had so tormented Job, In a satisfying and ironic twist, he declares that if Job prays on their behalf he will not punish them for their ignorant seethes in God’s stead ebb 42:7-8). They, who wrongly urged Job to repent , must now depend on him to accept their repentance, and in God to fulfill Jobs;s entreaty on their behalf. Job’s act of praying on their behalf reminds us of the first chapter where Job prays for his children’s protection .
Job Is a praying man, In season and out. Job’s Prosperity Restored (Job 42:7-17) This section of Job contains a storybook ending in which many of Job’s fortunes are restored. Many, but not all. He receives twice the wealth he had before ebb 42:10), plus a new brood of seven son sad three daughters ebb 42:13). But his first children are gone forever, a bad trade by any reckoning . Even though we read that Job’s later life is blessed “more than his beginning’ ebb 42:121 we know there must still bittersweet taste In his mouth. We know , following the resurrection of the Son of
God, what Job could not have known, that God’s final redemption comes only when Christ returns to bring his kingdom to fulfillment. Job leaves An Inheritance For His Daughters ebb 42113-15) inheritance , along with his sons ebb 42:15). Leaving an inheritance to female children was unheard in the Ancient Near East, much as it was illegal in much of Europe right up to modern times, What could have caused Job to take this unprecedented step? Did his sorrow that he could do nothing for his deceased daughters give him the resolve to do everything he could for his living daughters ?
Was his grief the engine that drove him through the social barriers against women’s equality in this regard? Did his sufferings open his heart to others suffering? Or were his uncontrollable demands to know God’s Justice answered by a higher understanding go God’s love for women and men? We cannot know the cause, but we can see the results. If nothing else in this life, the result of our suffering may be others liberation. And so we leave the book of Job with observations and questions, rather than neat conclusions. Job proves faithful to God in prosperity and in adversity.
This surely is a model for us. But the many Judgments made by his friends caution us against making too certain application of any model to our own lives. God proves faithful to Job. This is our ultimate hope and comfort. But we cannot predict how his faithfulness will be folly to Judge others, or even ourselves, based on the fractional evidence available to us, the wisdom we are able to grasp and the minuscule perspective we hold. To the hardest questions about the circumstances of our lives, the wiser answer may often be, “l don’t know’.