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One of the Most Battered Men of the Bible
One of the Most Battered Men of the Bible
Sooo...we have made it to the book of Job. Yes! I have been looking forward to this one, especially with all of the amazingly jacked-up things that God allows to happen to Job...on purpose. Yes. Isn't God just the best pal ever?
1. Job 1:1
1 There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless--a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
1) So, right off the bat we can say this Job fellow is a really good guy?
2. Job 1:5
5 When these celebrations ended--sometimes after several days--Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, "Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular practice.
1) Is this the old theme of paying for the sin of another?
2) Does God/the LORD like this theme because it gives Him clearance to punish the innocent?
3. Job 1:6-7
6 One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.
7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”
1) Really? As if God/the LORD didn't know that Satan would show up at the party? Seriously? From where have you come? Why does God/the LORD play stupid? Does He think it is cute or endearing?
4. Job 1:8
8 Then the LORD asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless--a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil."
1) Don't you think that God/the LORD totally baits Satan here?
2) Would you say God is being a bit of a braggart here? Wouldn't that be a sin? If it is not considered a sin is that because it is God doing it?
5. Job 1:11-12
11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!"
12 "All right, you may test him," the LORD said to Satan. "Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don't harm him physically." So Satan left the LORD's presence.
1) Was God/the LORD looking for a reason to hurt someone?
2) Sooo...it was okay to hurt Job's family but not Job? Is that supposed to make anything better, or God less guilty?
3) Here God is more or less giving Satan permission to fuck Job up, right?
6. Job 1:21
21 He said, "I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!"
1) Is the reason that Job doesn't complain because in reality he knows, he knows that God/the LORD could make it oh so much worse?
7. Job 1:22
22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
1) Job does not do this out of love, does he? He does it out of FEAR, doesn't he?
8. Job 2:1-3
1 One day the members of the heavenly court came again to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them.
2 "Where have you come from?" the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, "I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that's going on."
3 Then the LORD asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless--a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause."
1) Oh wow. Same story, different verses? What the hell is up with this cheapie version of religious story-telling?
9. Job 2:6
6 "All right, do with him as you please," the LORD said to Satan. "But spare his life."
1) Sooo...would this qualify as conspiracy to inflict great bodily harm?
2) Isn't this verse saying the LORD is giving Satan permission to beat Job within an inch of his life?