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An audience with the Sovereign God (Job 38-42)

The Lord Speaks 38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans     with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man;     I will question you,     and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?     Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!…

The bankruptcy of religion in the face of suffering (Job 4-37)

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: 2 “Are all these words to go unanswered?     Is this talker to be vindicated? 3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence?     Will no one rebuke you when you mock? 4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless     and I am pure in your sight.’ 5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak,     that…

Is anyone in charge of this tear-stained world? (Job 1-2)

Job 1-2 (NIV) Prologue 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among…