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The Wisdom of Job

Jon Collins
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Part one of our three part series on Job. Why do good people suffer? Why is there evil in the world? Why can’t God make it so that everyone always gets what they deserve? Many people turn to Job to learn about how to deal with suffering as it is a very realistic portrayal of someone dealing with circumstances that are unfair. But is that all the book of Job is about?

 

This is part two of our three part conversation on Job. Here’s the question being debated in the book: if God is just, does that mean he’s obligated to strictly run the universe by the principle of just compensation? The book of Job is a perfect thought experiment to explore this question. Job has done nothing to deserve the suffering inflicted upon him. God himself acknowledges Job did nothing wrong. But even though Job doesn’t deserve it, he is still human and he reacts to the suffering in a myriad of ways. Sometimes trusting and praising God, sometimes accusing God of being cruel and untrustworthy.

 

 

This is our third and final conversation about the book of Job. First we talk about Elihu, a character that seems to pop up our of nowhere.
Then we talk about chapter 28 in Job, how it stands apart from the rest of the speeches and gives us a clue as to what the point of the whole book is. Then we talk about the final showdown. God responds to Job’s accusations of being unjust and unfair.