Last Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 25th October – Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Where are the surprises?
Whose voices do we not hear?
What challenges us?
Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?
- That Job says ‘I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes’. What’s he repenting of? Job is commended for his arguments and behaviour by God.
- That Job’s nasty sores (Job 2v7 ‘loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.’) are not mentioned as being removed.
- That only the daughters are praised. We hear nothing about the sons. Does this show a changed Job?
The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?
- The wife’s voice. Perhaps she’s too busy being pregnant; she has a further 10 children!
- How the Lord responses to Job’s act of penitence.
- His brothers and sisters seeing Job and giving him sympathy and money to start again. I wonder if there was any cynicism?
What challenges us in 2015?
- The hearing of the ear is interesting but to see God is life-changing. How might we encourage others to ‘see’.
- After appalling experiences, wealth comes to Job. Let’s encourage honesty and wonder at why bad things happen to good people.
- Job’s friends are called his comforters. But actually his brothers and sisters comfort him in giving him sympathy but also funding to start again. Overseas aid worth a look?