Epistles of Thomas

January 19, 2010

Job 28-31

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 12:59
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Chapter 28 is an interesting interlude focusing on wisdom and where it is to be found. The conclusion of the matter is that “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (28: 28). This interlude calls our attention to wisdom and its role in human life, even when things are “unlogical” or at least not as expected. In chapter 29 Job recalls the days when God watched over him and he experienced many blessings and was respected by the community. The opening verse of chapter 30 is a great statement: “But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.” Their focus is clearly on earthly things rather than spiritual realities. They could care less about living righteous lives and now they mock Job because of the situation that has befallen him. Job defends himself against all the common sins of his day, such as lusting after women and mistreating servants and the poor. Job recounts that he won “Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time.” Job ends his speech with another pronouncement of his innocence and a desire: “let my accuser put his indictment in writing.”

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