Job's Sufferings, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source.
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Preaching Series on Job (5 of 5)
Job 41:1-8; 42:1-17 Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
[This is the final week of a 5-week preaching series on Job.]
Job 41:1-8; 42:1-17
Job responds to these speeches of God by recanting (a better translation in vs. 6 than "I despise myself") and by acknowledging that he spoke of things he didn't understand. The world is not a chaotic and disordered place, as Job had claimed (see ch. 9), and God is not vindictive and overly concerned with human sin, as he had argued (7:11-21). God's concern for the world (including humanity) is far more expansive than Job had imagined. Humanity has a place in that world, but it is not what Job or his friends had imagined; that is, humanity as the center of creation and the sole recipient of God's attention. God's concern is for all of life and all of creation, including humanity. In the God-speeches, Job's vision is expanded and Job's hope is fulfilled: He has seen God (42:5; cf. 19:26-27).
Note: The preacher might put this text into conversation with texts like Matt 6:25-33 or Rom 8:31-39. These texts and many others affirm that God loves us ...
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