Why?: the sermon with all the answers — The Book of Job — November 19, 2017

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Job 1:13-21, 25:1-26:4, 27:1-6

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. One day a messenger came to Job and said, “Your oxen were plowing and the donkeys were feeding, and the Sabean raiders fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up your sheep and your servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was still speaking, a third messenger came and said, “The Chaldean milita formed three columns, made a raid on your camels, and carried them off, and killed your servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.” And while he was still speaking, a fourth messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in your eldest son’s house, and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on them, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.”

Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

After seven days of silent mourning, Job’s friends spoke to him and said:
“Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven.
Is there any number to his armies? Upon whom does his light not arise?
How then can any human be righteous before God?
How can one born of woman be pure?
If even the moon is not bright enough
and the stars are not pure in his sight,
how much less a mortal, who is a maggot,
and a human being, who is a worm!”

Then Job answered bitterly:
“How you have helped one who has no power!
How you have assisted the arm that has no strength!
How you have counseled one who has no wisdom,
and given much good advice!
With whose help have you uttered words,
and whose spirit has come forth from you?

As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
as long as my breath is in me
and the spirit of God is in my lungs,
my lips will not speak lies,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
Far be it from me to say that you are right;
until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
I hold fast my righteousness, and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.”

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