God blessed each generation. They were allowed no power, ability, money, etc, but they accepted God’s word and kept faith that he would be a supportive force it their lives. The characters’ faithfulness is sometimes challenged, as Joseph’s was when he was sold into slavery, but by keeping faith, the Lord blessed each character in different ways showing that having faith is key to receiving blessings. Many messages are withheld in Genesis 37. The narrator of Genesis gives us information on Jacob’s family, who will reside in Egypt and work as slaves.
When I was a kid, I foolishly prayed for pain, knowing “that the testing of [my] faith produces endurance,” leading to perfection and completion (James 1:2-4). Feeling blessed like Job, I wanted to prove myself, but I realize now that only fools pray for pain. Nonetheless, he is a fool who has never experienced true anguish. Instead, I should have prayed for wisdom, understanding that God may pour it down from heaven in the form of pain. This juxtaposition of a loving and all-powerful Creator with the presence of evil perplexes theologians and philosophers alike, but Robert Farrar Capon suggests that “If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either … Maybe… evil is where we meet God.” The book of Job is an encouraging testament to the suffering soul, but anyone who would seek out Job’s pain for himself is beyond ascetic.
Job was a man of faith, he repented for little injustices. He was tested to prove his righteousness and succeeded. His children were killed, his cattle was killed, he was painfully diseased and his was wealth diminished. Through all this he remained faithful. His so called friends told him to abandon God as he had him.
So, Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.” Observation: “Now” indicates a shift in the narrative. The writer moves the focus by describing a series of the LORD’S “appointments.” The Hebrew word for “evil” or “discomfort” is the same word used in 1:2 (evil of Nineveh) and 3:10 (of “disaster” …). This implies the LORD is more committed to Jonah’s character than his comfort. This plant is Lord appointed. God made a provision for this plant to protect Jonah.
In Job’s story there is a lesson for all humanity. Whether or not one believes in God, one cannot doubt that the world is confusing and sometimes appears to be a hopeless place. One grinds out an existence day after day hoping for some sort of validation from the universe only to receive none. In order to cope with this, one should act like Job and Sisyphus. One should acknowledge that one is indeed dust, an individual doomed to push their boulder until death.
As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice” (45). Before his struggle, he was emotionally and spiritually connected to God and spent so much of his time studying the Jewish faith. In contrast, after he experienced living in a concentration camp he questioned God’s motives and no longer believed in absolute justice.
If we accept good from God, shall we not accept evil?” (Job 2:9-10) But eventually Job asks God: “Why should the sufferer be born to see the light? Why is life given to men who find it so so bitter?” (Job 3:20) This was the story of Job in the Bible, in which he was given misfortunes in his life after God gave him success. It was a story that has been told again and again when I am young and this made me inquired of myself, if God really exists, that is to say powerful and good, why He did not take away all the bad things in the world and replaced it by good ones? As I become older, my doubts become larger, I started to question the existence of God and I had convinced myself that God does not really exist. Before I start my points in this argument, let me introduce myself to you.
5:1 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. I Co. 10:13 Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. III Jn. 2 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Is.
Moses lost his temper and killed a man, but that does not change the fact that the Holy Spirit kept him from error as he wrote the Pentateuch (Books of Moses and the Law). A similar statement could be made about David. He sinned, and yet God used him to record portions of the infallible Word. Each of the Bible writers used only those words in their vocabulary that the Holy Spirit approved and prompted them to