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Suffering and Wonder

Lectionary readings for October 21Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 When Job lost everything... everything except his life, his wife, and three friends,  he refused to curse God. 
He did not refuse to ask, "Why?"
His friends made their guesses, mostly based on the theory that Job somehow must deserve the things that had happened to him. This discussion goes on for a while...a very long while.
Finally God steps in and for four chapters, God lists the wonders of the world.  God asks Job where he was when those things were created.  Job is asked if he understands them,  if he helped with them.
God doesn't answer the question of why Job suffered.
This book has always been a puzzle for me.  God's words to Job almost seem like a scolding, but later in the book, God praises Job.  The friends, who thought they knew the reasons for the suffering, got a rebuke,  while Job's understanding of God was affirme…

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