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Not Your Ordinary Job

I was a bit unprepared today to jump from the pages of Judges into the Book of Job.  But honestly, I don't know that I've ever read Job from start to finish.  So now I will.  Whereas Forward Day By Day can move you along smartly through the different books of the Bible and skip around due to liturgical calendars, holy days and feasts, I will stick with Job through thick and thin.  

I had forgotten it starts off pretty quickly.  First it is established Job is good, just and faithful and has much family, fortune and favor about him.  Then a heavenly counsel which included Satan prompts an unusual dare where The Lord seems to say, "I'll put my good man up against anything you can throw at him, and he will persevere."  Hmmm.  Of course, the throw-down has been issued so the proverbial stuff begins to hit the fan.  Bam!  Donkeys are taken and servants killed.  Boom!  Then fire consumes both sheep and servants.  Sock!  Next, camels are stolen and more servants are killed.  Splat!  And finally, wind topples the home where Job's offspring were dining and all are killed.  Well, in my book, that might be game, set and match.  It's over.  What more could possibly happen?  This man Job, who has suddenly lost much and will suffer so much more before it is all said and done - he was the least deserving of such malady and devastation.  This is most definitely a case of "when bad things happen to good people".  But collecting himself, Job says, "... the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."  

No, he's no ordinary Job.  I will now walk with him and hope to learn from him.  Hopefully.      


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Aug. 21st, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
John Madden reads the Bible! Keep the commentary going....
Aug. 21st, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Guess I'm caught up with football! Joe Gibbs is always talking about "the game plan of life" and citing scripture. Maybe some of that has rubbed off him onto me.
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