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Commemoration of Job: Patriarch

May 9th, 2012
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The Suffering of Job by Repin

Job was a blameless and upright man who came from Uz (Job 1:1), a land northeast of Canaan. The Book of Job examines the depths of his faith, which was severely tested through the sufferings God permitted. Despite the sudden death of his ten children and the loss of all his wealth and his health, Job refused to curse God: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (1:21). Still, in the midst of his tribulations Job questioned the meaning and purpose of suffering to the point of asserting his own righteousness (34:5-6). Finally, the Lord revealed that a man cannot know the mysteries of God (chapters 38-41). Job’s faith in his Redeemer and the resurrection prevailed (19:25-27). In the end the Lord restored his wealth and blessed him with another seven sons and three daughters.

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  1. May 9th, 2012 at 19:34 | #1

    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.”
    (Job 42:5-6 ESV)

  2. Nils
    May 9th, 2012 at 20:51 | #2

    Job is possibly my favorite of the OT books. Back in 1970, the band Seatrain recorded a great song-version of the story of Job (Sir George Martin even produced it–and that’s Pete Rowan on vocals). Definitely a funky-prog take on the story, and you can hear it here (tough to find): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnJNT_xzDMA. The video is kind of goofy, but the song is great. I managed to find a 3-minute version on a 45 once, but haven’t actually found the full-length version. A good way of getting the story out to a big audience.

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