Job's Sufferings, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source.
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Subscribe to us on YouTube
Subscribe to us on iTunes
Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Receive our Email Newsletter
Visit us at Luther Seminary
The Working Preacher app provides inspiration, interpretation, and imagination wherever you are, whenever you need it.
Preaching Series on Job (4 of 5)
Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11 [25-27] Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
[This is Week 4 of a 5-week preaching series on Job.]
Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11 [25-27]
Job ends his speeches with a long oath of innocence, and calls on God to answer him. After some speeches by another "friend," Elihu, God does indeed answer Job. God shows up. And God takes Job on a whirlwind tour of the cosmos, displaying creation in all its wildness and beauty.
There is much one could say about these God-speeches. For one thing, humanity is hardly mentioned in them. In fact, there are passages that seem to suggest that humanity is not the center of creation (38:25-27; 40:15). God seems to take delight in exactly those creatures and places over which humanity has no control. The Sea, the wild animals, Leviathan—these all have an intrinsic value that has nothing to do with their usefulness for humanity. This vision, of course, has major implications in our ecologically-minded age.
Another observation: God gives a place in creation to forces of wildness, including the Sea (the ancient symbol of chaos), but God ...
| Bible Text
Summer 2020 Readings
2020-21 Readings (Year 3)
The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
I Love to Tell the Story
I Love to Tell the Story is a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary.