Part One

I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES.

J 19:25


DIVE

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

When things go wrong the first thing I question is whether God is in control – do you? Like he fell off the throne or worse fell asleep on the job. I hate that that is my first reaction, I wish I was one of those people who just went to faith first. But I don’t, my prayers sound like I’m begging God to take back control, I’m begging him to intervene, to wake up and notice what is happening. But the book of Job really challenges that way of thinking. Job nor his so-called friends never question God’s control. They never question if he is really in charge, they portray more the Israelite way of thinking, that they were safe and secure in their covenant with God and therefore they knew he had charge over them (controversially so for some readers today). I know that God being this much in control of our lives may make you uncomfortable. But lean into trust, God’s love and fatherly protection over you and the fear will disappear.

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DEEP DIVE

JOB | RYAN KERRISON

The Book of Job locates itself within the Sapiential Tradition (Wisdom Books within the Hebrew Bible), in a wider set of genres known as Wisdom Literature. Wisdom literature was commonplace within the ancient Near-Eastern world and can be found throughout ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian societies. It is within this technical grouping that the Book Job is set, chiefly due to the presence of ‘dialogue, discourse, narrative, hymn and lament’ styles of writing. These are woven together into a poignant piece of wisdom literature.

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