Reading Note – Job 7 & 8

Job 7: Self pity, self pity, gripe, gripe, self pity, “God, what have I ever done to you? Why won’t you leave me alone?”
Job 8: Bildad says that God does not pervert justice (by which he means punishing the innocent). Just repent and beg God, he says, if you are righteous God will give back what you’ve lost. God does not turn away blameless people

Except that God does. He brought misfortune on a man who had not wronged him. So there.

Reading Note – Job 3 & 4

Before my stint with depression, I didn’t understand Job as well as I do now. Job cursing the day of his birth was a distant thing, an expression of his sadness. I understand now. I know how it is to feel confused and helpless. When you’ve been there, wishing you had never been born makes perfect sense. It’s the difference between hearing about how wonderful chocolate is and tasting it for yourself.

Here is summary of how Job handles his grief:

1. Job says ‘cursed be the day I was born’

2. Job wishes he had never been born. Then he wouldn’t be suffering.

3. Job proceeds to wonder why life insists on bugging those who would rather have it go on its way.

I hope I can be forgiven for saying that I know where he’s coming from.

Chapter 4 starts with Eliphaz counselling Job. Eliphaz is one of the legalistic ones. According to him, the innocent do well. When he says that, you start to think he might be saying that Job must have offended God in some way, but strangely enough, he goes on to say that human beings cannot be right before God. He will no doubt expand on that in the next chapter.

Reading Note – Job 2

  • Although it was Satan who attacked Job, It is said that God destroyed Job. It is worth noting as pertains to the way actions/events are attributed to God in the Bible. (1:12 2:3)
  • One of my first encounters with atheism involved the book of Job. It was said that Job is one of the worst books of the Bible because it has a righteous man being hurt to prove a point in a fight between God and Satan.
  • (This is one of those arguments in which the claim is too vaguely stated). What is the claim? That God has no right to do so? Of course he does. The best that can be said that it was unkind and should not have been done without good reason. And who says God had no good reason? I can name a few possible ones off the top of my head. That someone is righteous does not mean that any suffering they experience must be unjust. Suffering isn’t necessarily evil.

Reading Note – Job 1

  • Job was a very rich man.
  • How would offering a sacrifice for someone else work? Don’t they have to repent? (1:5)
  • Why did God pay attention to Satan’s statement? It’s not like he needed to prove Job’s faithfulness.
  • God had been protecting Job (1:9, 10). That’s probably why Satan needed his permission to attack Job. I doubt he always has to go through that appeal process before he does anything.
  • Speaking of coincidences, what are the chances that Job’e children and all his wealth just happened to vanish on the same day?
  • Job did not respond with bitterness towards God. It’s one thing to know that God is sovereign, it’s another thing to accept it. Job noted that “God gives and takes away” and still he said, “Blessed be the name of the Lord”.