Friday Bible Study News from June 15, 2018
Continuing our conversation about The Book of Job…
Chapters 9, 10, and 11 are a speech/reflection from Job in response to the accusations of guilt from the three “comforters”. He has not understanding and turns to have a one sided conversation with God. The created Job questions the uncreated God , “ why do you turn and destroy me” Why is a creation carefully made and even loved treated so harshly. Why cannot the creature at least know the sin. Job continues to deny sinning. He knows what that is and clings to the sure knowledge that he hasn’t committed any. Why not just assign him to Sheol.
We had a discussion of Sheol, “the land of gloom and deep darkness, the land of gloom and chaos.” (vs 21-22) The place where everybody goes after death. God cannot pursue Job there. It seems that Sheol is such “nothing” that God cannot exist there. It is chaos lacking order or governance. Later in the book we will find a citation that implies an afterlife, but not here in chapter 10. Job’s life is in a place of despair and even Sheol looks good.
On Friday, June 22, we will pick up with chapter 12 and go through 14. Come join us. There is always a place at the table.