The end of 3 chapters, a long poem of Job’s response to his the friend’s first round of advice. Spectacularly bleak.
At this stage Job definitely subscribes to the ‘life sucks then you die’ school of thought.
Blue tack that to your youth group wall!
He has learned that he has sinned, that much is clear. He understands that God removes sin, seals it up in a bag, he says.
And he is questioning about life after death. Literally he asks ‘if someone dies will they live again?” He likes the idea of the grave claiming him, and then some sort of ‘renewal’.
But then he descends into self pity, including the verse above.
I’m writing in the evening of Sunday having had a lovely productive day. At church I showed some friends my Job meme to some amusement.
I’m glad the Bible has these things. It’s ok to go there. I feel known and understood.
Interested to see if the second go round of the three friends and responses advances things further.
I’m really living it, in that, not all the arguments are straw men.
I really engage with some of them, and then I see another point of view when that is argued. It’s more psychologically subtle than I expected.