Day 27 (Jan. 27): Job’s last protest

Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives.  The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version.  At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture.  To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.

Job 30-31

Questions & Observations

O. So, Job will speak no more.  Will you miss him?  I feel sorry for the guy.  I think his anguish should end.  He has proven he is faithful!

Q. I don’t know if this repetition is supposed to elicit humor, but it does for me.  I guess two methods of helping the reader commit the story to memory are repetition and humor.  If Job is in such bad shape, how can he come up with these long speeches?  Do you see humor, Rob, or am I just being heartless?

A. It appears all that Job has are his words, so he’s going to use every one of them.

O. (Job 30:20): I do see a very similar story here that foreshadows Jesus’ crucifixion.  Christ cried out to God to ask if there was another way to forgive sinners, but he did not get a reply from God.

Q. (31): Whom is Job talking to in this passage?  If scavengers are not listening, surely no one is.  Is there anything else in today’s reading that I’m missing.  Just more of the same ranting we have been reading?

A. The story appears to be recorded for the benefit of an audience, but we don’t exactly know who it is, other than readers.  When I said that this was an extended story on the question of suffering, you might have thought I was exaggerating, but…

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