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Book of Job

Is God the Villian in the Book of Job?

By Buzzbeeg | Love, God, and Murder | 18 Aug 2020


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I am going to point out a theme of Job that for some reason most people don't notice even though it runs on and on and on for several chapters; Job 38-42:6. God shows up in a whirlwind and starts asking Job questions. Amazingly most of these are science questions:

  • Do you know when the Mountain Goat gives birth?
  • Is it by your understanding that the Hawk soars?
  • Where were you when I laid the foundation of the Earth? Who determined its measurements? Sure you know.
  • Have you comprehended the expanse of the Earth?
  • Do you know the ordinances of the Heavens?
  • Who can number the clouds by wisdom?

Of course, there are even deeper questions like: Have the gates of death been revealed to you?

Why is God asking Job twenty questions? Let's see Job's response “Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

Is God the bad guy? Here's a theme of Job: if you don't even know how the basic physical world works because it is too much for your mind to comprehend what makes you think you can comprehend spiritual realities like “Why God allows suffering?

Think about the question “Who can number the storm clouds?” Even if we now can number the storm clouds (can we?) It is the collective work of a civilization. No single individual can do it or even understand the whole process. Just like no single individual understands the whole process of designing, manufacturing, coding, and distributing cell phones. We can't individually comprehend even what our own civilization accomplishes.

A philosopher once said that practicing the discipline of metaphysics is the human mind's equivalent of practicing acrobatics; some people can do it but we aren't really good at it. Compare a gymnast to a monkey and the monkey is always better than a human. We are in the same situation with Metaphysics (except the Monkey can't do Metaphysics).

It's much easier for us to count the clouds in the sky than it is to understand the nature of existence… or why God allows suffering in the world. And yet no single person can even count the clouds in the sky; it requires a civilization. We have had many breakthroughs in science and technology yet I don't think we are any closer to understanding the basic questions of existence than Job… and that is the point. We all “utter things we don't understand, things that are too wonderful for us”.

That is why Job says to God:

“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
‘Hear, and I will speak;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.’
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”

If God seems like the bad guy it's because we are like insects trying to scrutinize Albert Einstein; our minds can not see or understand the glory of God.

Of course, at this point, the Atheist could argue that we don't understand but even so maybe God still hates us. What in Job shows the love of God?

Job 19:25-27

I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

Job has the hope of Jesus Christ. He has the hope that the losses he has gone through will be redeemed and that everything broken will be fixed. We don't understand the problem of evil and suffering but we do know that God sent His only Son to die for us even when we were His enemies. Therefore, we know God loves us and ultimately has our best in mind. How can this be? I can't understand and neither can you.

 

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