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March 22, 2010

Job was a man of exceeding wealth and impeccable character before God allows the accuser to take away the former in the attempt to destroy the later.  In the midst of this trial “Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.”

After Job’s friends had mourned with him in silence for seven days and seven nights Job curses the day of his birth.  He then questions the purpose of life for those who are incapable of partaking in its joys and pleasures.  The singular reason Job longs for death stems from his desire for rest.

Job rightly laments his condition.  The poverty Job endures in his physical state rails against the course that the human body naturally desires.  The body yearns for peace and rest.  Yet, pain and suffering fill the void in their absence, and labor to pull the sufferer fully into their deathly grasp.  The hopeless will languish and expire–“Do you still hold fast your integrity?  Curse God and die.”  Yet, hope inspires the weary toward that rest which they rightly desire.


From → Literature, Theology

One Comment
  1. The whole creation groans…eagerly awaiting our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

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