This post contains absolutely nothing philosophical at all in it. My new macbook just arrived today, and I can’t quite believe that it’s actually mine! It’s such a nice little computer. I like it a lot. Anyways, there’s no Job chapter tonight because I have to give my spiffy little MacBook to my parents in seven minutes because they’re regulating my bedtime. And I suppose they know best, but sometimes it’s just really annoying the way they try to control stuff. So, yeah.
New MacBook December 5, 2007
Job 3 and Snow December 4, 2007
Tags: Bible, God, grace like rain, Jesus, Job (Bible), Life, meaning of suffering, metaphor, snow, suicide
So today is my day to write about Job 3. This is the first chapter that Job begins to question various things.
Job curses the day he was born in this chapter. The language here is highly poetic. He talks about where he would be if he had never been born or had died at birth — it’s great literarily.
The most interesting verse in this chapter is verse 23. “Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?” He’s questioning the meaning of suffering in this verse. Now, since I already know the end of the story, I know what it is that the ultimate answer to this question is. But it’s interesting to know that Job struggled with it. Job is always presented as a righteous man…but he also questions things like the meaning of suffering. It’s not just those of us who really aren’t all that righteous.
It’s also interesting that through all of this Job doesn’t commit suicide. He keeps saying, “It would be better if I were dead!” but he never actually kills himself. It’s kind of intruiging. It also tells us quite a bit about the ethics of suicide, I think. Job had every reason to kill himself, according to today’s society. Many people in less desparate positions have committed suicide, but Job — who had lost everything he had except his wife and his three friends — didn’t. Job is counted as a righteous man. It’s interesting that he didn’t. It seriously does tell us a lot about the ethics of suicide.
Well, that’s all for Job 3.
Beyond the “Read More”: thoughts on snow