I sit here today with my Bible open in great pain, which led me to the Book of Job. It’s a beautiful book with a prose intro in which Job loses everything and a prose conclusion in which Job has everything he lost restored double. The portion in between describes, in poetry, a great conflict and struggle between Job, his friends, and God Himself, a scene which resembles the larger conflict of the ages. The conflict is resolved in three keywords: Redemption, Redeemer, and Resurrection.
“I call the book of Job,” said Thomas Carlyle, “apart from all theories about it, one of the grandest things ever written with the pen.”
“Yes, the book of Job,” said Mandell Creighton, “stirs one deeply. The dramatic skill with which it works out its problem is quite amazing, and the majesty of the picture is overpowering. The blundering friends who agonize the sufferer by commonplace moralities that suffering is the punishment of sin…the well-meant mediation of an impartial bystander, who suggests to Job that his impatience has shown that he needed chastening, and that God’s justice is vindicated in the chastisement; Job’s silence before this, in which he feels some grain of truth; all lead up to a great revelation of God’s glory as the purpose of the world – a purpose in which each man bears his part in a mysterious way which God only can explain…It is all so ancient and yet so modern. There are few mightier works in all literature.”
God will resolve the conflict, and humanity will be happier than Adam in paradise ever was. There is redemption, a redeemer, and a resurrection.
PHOTO: Chartres Cathedral with the story of Job carved in high relief at the north porch on a tympanum.
Topic: God’s heart for immigrants, widows, orphans, and the poor – God hates the act of profiting off these; God’s feelings about authors, subscribers, and sharers of false reports – imagine His opinion about your social media posts!; Christians who abandon their testimony for politics; The Bible and the Magna Carta on justice.
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