Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Blindsided: The Lament of Job (part 1) from Mark Eckel

A Post from the blog "Warp and Woof" from Mark Eckles, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Old Testament at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis.

“A person can know the meaning of life but still has to find a way to make it through Wednesday afternoon.” Walker Percy

Blindsided. In American football, the word means the quarterback who is about to throw the ball to one side of the field is hit from his blind side. He never sees it coming. Often the team loses the ball and the quarterback loses his health. Being blindsided accurately describes unexpected grief in life. The awfulness of having one’s job taken without notice or reason, suffering the death of a loved one, or being given the diagnosis of cancer are only a few of the many ways humans are blindsided. Moments like these are times when we question the rules and The Referee of life.

Job wishes for an official to rule on the hit he took but finds “There is no arbiter between us” (Job 9.33). Wealth taken, family killed, Job did nothing to deserve what he received. The first verse declares Job “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” In fact, Job 1 and 2 explain that the ‘why’ question could only be answered in Heaven. Job would call out only to hear the echo of his own voice. Job’s cry in chapter 3 of the book named for him is the cry of every human: what did I do to deserve this?

You can read the rest of the post here at Warp & Woof.

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