- Religion and Philosophy
The biblical account of Job: The book of Job
The biblical story of Job is one of the biblical stories most Christians fail to consider fully in that what most Christians only admire/teach or learn from the story is the perseverance of Job and his ability to trust God despite his situation. Some insight of the story was given in the book, “It is time we truly know why Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus” by N. K. David. However, the interest to write on this topic was because of a comment made by a Christian preacher. The preacher said that Christians will not believe that the God mentioned in the book of Job is same Christian God of today. The respond is similar when the writer mentioned, on illuminati post, that the devil even sat with God.
The question that came to the writer’s mind is why Christians will think that the God mentioned in the book of Job is different from the Christian God of today? For us to get a better answer to the question above, it will be better to consider some verses in the book of Job. The book of Job 1:6, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” Another question that can arise from this verse what is Satan doing among the children of God? This question can be linked to a hub “who is the father of the devil?” written by the writer.
God asked Satan where he came from, and after Satan answered, God asked again in Job 1:8 “…Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth…” the question ,like the preacher mentioned above said, suggested that God, himself, initiated the topic which led to the suffering of Job. The answer Satan gave seems to suggest that God protected Job and ensured that Job prospered. This can be said to be same for anyone that has the favor of God.
Another interesting aspect of the story is what Satan said in Job 1:11 “…put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Satan made the above comment then God gave Satan the permission to carry it out. That is Satan told God to touch what Job had then God gave Satan the assignment to carry it out. Is it not interesting to note the relationship between God and Satan?
It is because of the role God played in the story of Job and the relationship that existed between God and Satan that made some Christians wonder, if it is still same God of today that is seen as a loving father, a God that does not permit evil among other nice virtues. Therefore, it is unthinkable that same God was involved in the plot against Job. The fact still remains, like the writer was made to understand in his unpublished script in which he journeyed with an unborn child, that the concept of God in the Old Testament was not same as that in the New Testament.
The fact is that there is a lot we can learn from the account of Job just as was shown in the above mentioned book, “It is Time we truly know…” yet we cannot fully understand the ways of God even though we claim to know it all and even kill one another in the name of God when we do not know if same God is happy to be praised and worshiped through different ways.
The story of Job proved that God knows all our situations even when we think he does not know and only he knows why he allows some things to happen. No wonder it is written, “Who is he that commands and it comes to pass, if God does not approve?” The story of Job showed that our trust and faith in God can be put to test someday.