Job

You know, I knew before I started the book of Job that it was not going to be an easy read.  I knew that the gist of the book was that it was all about a guy being tortured by God, and I knew that it was 42 chapters long.  How could that possibly be pleasant?  But even knowing all this going into it, I really was not prepared for just how torturous it would be.  And more importantly, I was not prepared for the reason it would turn out to be so torturous, because said reason actually turned out to be not at ALL what I expected.  I’ll just get right to summarizing the book and then you’ll see what I mean:

Job is the Best

Job is the Best

Chapter 1 introduces us to Job, who lives in the land of Uz and is basically the best dude ever.  He is “blameless and upright,” and he “fears God and shuns evil.”  He has 7 sons and 3 daughters, and he’s rich.  He has thousands of sheep and camels, hundreds of oxen and donkeys, and many servants.  This chapter literally describes him as “the greatest man among all the people of the East.”  Wow, those are some strong words.  Sounds like Job’s life could not possibly get any better, right?  Well, that’s right, because we quickly find out that it’s all downhill from here.  It’s here that we are introduced to a little character named … mmmm Satan.  This is only the second time Satan has been mentioned thus far in the Bible, and once again, he waltzes into the story with basically zero explanation:

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