Last Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 25th October – Job 42:1-6, 10-17

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. The wife’s voice. Perhaps she’s too busy being pregnant; she has a further 10 children!
  2. How the Lord responses to Job’s act of penitence.
  3. 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?

  1. The hearing of the ear is interesting but to see God is life-changing. How might we encourage others to ‘see’.
  2. After appalling experiences, wealth comes to Job. Let’s encourage honesty and wonder at why bad things happen to good people.
  3. 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?
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