Scripture: Job 2:1-13
Key verses: (9-10) Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.” 10But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Reflection: Have you ever heard a sermon on Job? I’m curious to hear from anyone who has. Job is a book not often preached, likely because it has more questions than answers. That was a main take away from one seminary class, “Back to the Text – Job.” In the class, we acted out the book each week in different contexts culminating in a dramatic performance at the end of the semester.
In our final production, Job, his wife and his children were having their typical party with lots of celebration, as they did each evening and quite suddenly Job’s oxen, donkeys, camels, sheep, servants, his children, and his house (yes, everything, except his wife), were gone. Job’s wife said, “Curse God, and die!” This was an easy line for the actress to deliver after we visually saw all of these animals and people perish right in front of our eyes in the play. The actor Job said to his wife quizzically, “Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” The narrator followed with, “In all this, Job did not sin with his lips.” These verses are the crux of the entire book of Job.
The passage could be read with Job as the hero. What did he do wrong? According to verse 10, Job did not sin with his lips. However, we know as Christians, we are all sinners (even Job!). We do sin with our lips, and our entire bodies. So the question becomes, what about Job’s heart? Did he sin with his heart? And, as 21st century humans, what’s in our hearts? Who do we worship? What do we praise?
Prayer: Dear God, let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable to you, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].