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The Trial of Job
Clarence E. Macartney
The three great trials of the Bible are: First, the
trial of Christ, who in Gethsemane, while He sweat as
it were great drops of blood, prayed, "If it be
possible, let this cup pass from me," and who on the
cross cried out at the ninth hour, "My God, why hast
thou forsaken me?" Second, the trial of Abraham, who
was commanded to offer up Isaac on Mount Moriah.
Third, the trial of Job, who was delivered into the
hand of Satan.
Every man ought to read at least one great book before
he dies. If you have read the book of Job, you have
read the greatest of books. Here is a vastness and
sublimity like that of the ocean, sometimes raging and
mounting up to heaven, sometimes sleeping in infinite
peace and resignation. Here we have intense sorrow and
suffering, soul-searching interrogation, infinitely
tender appeal, sublime faith in God, and Christlike
trust and submission. The majesty of the book is due
in part to the metaphors and similes. "Man is born
unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward." The war horse
"paweth in the valley," his neck "clothed with
thunder." Job recalls his prosperous days "when I
washed my steps with butter." The Lord asks out of the
whirlwind, "Who shut up the sea with doors?" But the
chief distinction of the book is not in its style but
in its great treatment of a great theme, the
sufferings of the righteous.
When did Job live? No one knows. Where was the land of
Uz? No one is certain. Of what race or nationality was
Job? We cannot be sure. All this is to our advantage,
for Job stands out, not as a man of any particular
race or age or land, but as universal man, facing life
and grappling with suffering, destiny, and God.
Suffering is the great problem of theology. It is the
universal problem, as eternal as human history and as
universal as human nature. It is to this problem of ...
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