Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In depth Study of Job 38-41

This is my first post, how exciting. I am doing an in depth study of Job, specifically the questions that God asks him in chapters 38-41.

Kind of a precursor, for those who do not know who Job is. He is a character in the Old Testament. God allowed Satan to destroy his home, kill his family with destruction, and caused boils to come upon his skin. All this to prove that Job would hold out faithful to the end. Job had three friends who came to talk with him, with the intent to help and comfort him. Yet they, knowing that God blesses the good, assumed that he was doing something wrong because of all of these bad things that were happening to him. Which was not the case. So Job shared with them his testimony, several times. Finally God spoke to him from the "whirlwind", in my opinion, not so much rebuking, but rather to teach him what he lacks.

 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
God is asking Job, what is his name or rather asking Job if he knows who he himself is. A child of God. Darkeneth counsel means to me that he is trying to counsel and share, but it is partly hidden because he does not quite "know" what it is he is talking about. Job testified about the resurrection and returning to God, but he did not quite know about the Premortal life, which is a major part as to why we want to return to God's presence,  or what exactly resurrection is, as an example. 
 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Gird up thy loins is a reference to hard work. That now there is some hard work to do. This is because God is "demanding" something of Job. He is demanding that Job answers His questions. Ultimately, we must understand that in all things, we have to answer to God. Remember that always, that is the advice I leave with you today. 
I hope you enjoyed my first Post! 
Elder Smithson

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