Once again Satan has been repulsed, but he is patient. Job remains strong thus far, but Satan has all the time in the world. Job is in emotional and physical agony, and Satan even deprives him of rest (7:3-4). Job tosses and turns, tormented with visions and nightmares (7:13:15). And now his friends have come, his friends who are convinced that all misfortune is a punishment from God. It is here that we must be careful, for the words of God at the end (42:7) makes it clear that when these friends speak of God, they are not to be trusted. They are right occasionally, but they are often wrong, their words guided by a false understanding of God and how he interacts with us. Continue reading The Great Cynic Defeated (Job Series, Part 3)
This is the second part of a three-part series on Job. Read the first part here.
Satan has been defeated, but he is nothing if not persistent. Job is stronger then Satan reckoned, yes, but that merely means that the ultimate cause of Job’s faith must lie in Job’s own person. Satan, of course, cannot understand love, so on further reflection he must have thought, “Yes, of course Job would be unmoved by the death of his children. They were no good to him anyway: He cares only for himself, his own body, and that has remained largely safe.” Continue reading …of my servant Job? (Job Series, Part 2)
In The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton calls Job “one of the colossal cornerstones of the world,” and in his introduction to the book of Job, he calls it one of the most interesting of all books, both modern and ancient. Further research, including an awesome commentary that I first discovered in Oxford but have more recently discovered on the internet, has only caused me to agree with this statement of vast importance more and more. The book of Job remains to this day one of the most immediately relevant and applicable books of all time.