The Cartoon Old Testament Online Book - Part 3
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No Good Deed Will Go Unpunished
"Do not human beings have a hard service on earth,
and are not their days like the days of a laborer? 2 Like a slave
who longs for the shadow, and like laborers who look for their
wages, 3 so I am allotted months of emptiness, and nights of misery
are apportioned to me. 4 When I lie down I say, 'When shall I
rise?' But the night is long, and I am full of tossing until dawn.
5 My flesh is clothed with worms and dirt; my skin hardens, then
breaks out again. 6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle,
and come to their end without hope. 7 "Remember that my life
is a breath; my eye will never again see good."
So You Had a Bad Day
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The book of Job is a magnificent work of prose and poetry basically
dealing with the complex question of why bad things happen to
good people. It tends to refute the prevailing conventional wisdom
while at the same time never giving a direct answer to the questions
it raises. If you want to be challenged and amazed, pick up a
good study Bible or commentary on Job and dig into it in-depth.
The few passages covered by the lectionary only scratch the surface.
In this passage we see that Job is in the midst of suffering.
Satan, acting as a prosecuting attorney, is basically challenging
God's faith and humanity (through Job), suggesting only those
that are well-off will praise God. It's noteworthy to realize
that Satan is acting within God's court, not in opposition to
it. Job is caught in the middle of this argument and becomes the
test case (or guinea pig) to see just how far you have to push
humanity before they renounce God. It's fairly clear that being
the test case is not a good thing.
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