It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Unhelpful help, a reflection on Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9

The adversary in an attempt to prove to God that he could cause Job to stop being loyal to God.  Job has lost his sons and daughters and has been struck with severe sores all over his body.  His wife in desperation and despair cries out to him, "Curse God and die!"

Job replied that God who can send good is certainly capable of sending bad.

Three friends show up to comfort him. After a week of silence, Job curses the day he was born. One of his friends, Eliphaz, speaks to Job, "You have performed many good deeds. You have offered encouragement to many people."

He adds, "Now, that you are suffering, shouldn't you depend on religion for comfort? After all, nobody who does the right thing is destroyed. God destroys sinners."

Question: How often do we say stupid, harmful things that are based on our own sincere beliefs? How often do we assume that someone else's tragedy is really his own fault?

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