Finally! Finally we have reached the very last chapter of the book of Job! Phew! We read about God causing unimaginable pain to Job. We heard from Job and his three friends. We even heard from this random dude, Elihu, who walked in on the conversation between Job and his friends. We eventually heard from God again, but all God had to say was “I am awesome. I am mighty. You are not. Therefore you must obey me, no questions asked.” Are we in for a surprise ending? A cliffhanger? Let’s find out. We first hear from Job.
“I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” – Job 42:2
Apparently killing innocent children is part of the “you can do all things.”
“Surely I spoke of things I did not understand…” – Job 42:3
True. Job doesn’t understand why God killed his children or why God covered him in painful sores. Job still doesn’t know why God did these things nor do we.
“Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” – Job 42:6
So let me get this straight. God speaks a bunch of nonsense about how mighty He is, refuses to answer Job’s questions, and Job cowers away in fear. Maybe I’ve been wrong this whole time. Maybe Job is NOT the greatest man in the east. A great man doesn’t take nonsense for an answer. A great man asks questions and demands reasonable answers.
“After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” – Job 42:7
In other words, Eliphaz has yet to explicitly cower in fear from the ‘power’ of the Almighty God.
“After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as before.” – Job 42:10
“And he also had seven sons and daughters.” – Job 42:13
Okay, that’s all fine and dandy. Job no longer has physical pain, but what about the emotional pain he still has from losing his previous children. If a child dies, a couple doesn’t have another children and forget about the first! If a dog dies, someone doesn’t get another dog and completely forget about the first! No, not buying it God. That was a dick move you pulled on Job and simply giving him new children is no excuse for the permanent harm you caused Job. Wow!
“After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.” – Job 42:16
First, he didn’t see his ORIGINAL children to the fourth generation. God made sure to not let that happen. Secondly, 140 years? We learned in Genesis 6 that God no longer allowed man to live past 120 years. I guess we just have to take it on faith that 140 is less than 120 according to the Bible.
That does it for Job. Tomorrow I’ll offer a full summary on the book of Job, but for now, I need a break from discussing Job and the evils God committed.
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 12: The Call of Abram