Job: A Man Stripped Bare
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
The Book of Job tells a true story but, since it comes out of the ancient Middle East, you may get the impression that it's far removed from life in modern America, that the story, and even Job's experience, are out of step. But it's very interesting that one of the most successful plays to appear on Broadway was a play entitled J.B. It's the story of the Book of Job brought up to date, and it illustrates that today people encounter the same problems that this man Job faced.
When the author of J.B., Archibald MacLeish, was asked why in the world he picked a biblical theme, he said, "There are those, I know, who will object that...the God of Job is God the Creator of the Universe, and science, they say, now knows that there is no such Creator." But he continued, "Einstein has told us that he had sometimes the sense that he was following, in his plumbings and probings of the universe, the track of an Intelligence far beyond the reaches of his own." May I say to you today that this book tells out the story of a man who finally came into the presence of his Creator. The story is told in three scenes, actually. The first scene is set on earth in a peaceful valley. Job, I suppose, could have sung "How Peaceful Is My Valley." Then the scene shifts, and the curtain is raised for the second scene in heaven. But the scene where most of the story takes place is out on the ash heap, the ancient city's dump.
Now, the first scene introduces us to a man who was probably the most prosperous man of his day. These are the things that are said about him: There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil. (Job 1:1) This man lived in the land of Uz, and his name was Job. May I say, that's all we know about him, and that's precious little. To begin with, who knows where the land of Uz was? Now, you may have a map that locates it. If it's a reliable ...
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