The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil
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Our friend Jessica Kelley recently wrote a four part series on the theodicy of the Book of Job. It’s an examination of the ways our culture has misused some of the language of this book to mean exactly the opposite of what it was originally intended to convey. You can find the four parts of her series here:
We’ll leave you with this quote to give you a taste of what you’ll find there.
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” That was Job’s view. At first he said it piously. Then he shouted it bitterly. Yet even as his composure crumpled, our hero’s heart kept repeating, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away…”
Why did the author give Job this persistent message? I hope this series has demonstrated that it was presented to be refuted. In the whirlwind, Job receives a distinct alternative to his faulty picture of God. God is not micro-controlling. He’s not sending calamities, but instead battles evil. And when we compare these revelations to God’s full revelation in Jesus Christ, we find that the pictures align.