View from the mezzanine

25 05 2011

The Old Testament book of Job, whether Job (as in robe) or Job (as in rob), begins with a split scene.  In the living area we have a properous business man who, perhaps surprisingly, is described as being “a man of complete integrity.”  Frequent family celebration barbecues are an indication that Job has addressed his work-life balance, and he is also concerned for the spiritual welfare of his many children.

On the mezzanine level we overhear a conversation between God and Satan as they observe Job below –

G: “Where have you been?”

S: “Oh, here and there.”

G: “What have you been doing?”

S: “This and that.”

Then God drops the big Q – “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

Now, if I had been God I think I would have kept quiet about this success story.  But of course, Satan has noticed Job and been impressed.  However, he reckons that Job has had it easy and that he worships God simply because God has been good to him.  What will happen if God stops the good things?  Is Job’s faith dependent on his propsterity?  Will he trust God no matter what?  Let’s see.

If you are interested in background information about the book of Job, wonder who he was, or what the deal is about Satan I suggest you check out the entries on WordLive for 23 and 24 May.




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