October 11, 2020 The Book of Job is a curious thing. It starts with two chapters of exposition – God makes a bet that Job will stay faithful if God takes everything away, and so, God takes everything away. Job’s estate disappears; Job’s children die; Job’s body fails; Job is left with nothing – and then we have thirty-nine chapters before we arrive at the climax of the story, thirty-nine chapters  of poetry, thirty-nine chapters of lament, thirty-nine chapters of argument, thirty-nine chapters of Job and Job’s friends and God going round after round after round over who gets to be angry, who gets to be in charge, who gets to complain, who does God think God is to make us suffer in this way, who does Job think he is to question or wonder or struggle, why do bad things happen to good people and why does the world have this crack running through it?

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