Hello All! Sorry to be so late posting a lead-in for your third week of reading through the Chronological Bible. How is your experience going?
This week marks the first time that the Chronological Bible really changes from reading the regular Bible. Typically Job is found right before the Psalms, halfway through the Old Testament. This traditional placement is due to the fact that Job is viewed as "Wisdom Literature" and so it gets linked with Psalms, Provers, Ecclesiastes, etc, that all have a more poetic, teaching kind of focus. The Wisdom books, along with the Law and Prophets, make up the three primary sections of the Old Testament.
Putting Job after Genesis, however, grounds it in time where it most likely occurred. We have scant few details on the setting, but from what little details we can glean (such as the fact that Job functions for his children as a kind of "priest" in chapter one- definitely pre-Covenant, pre-12 tribes kind of behavior), it seems evident that the story of Job happened sometime during the events of Genesis.
What I love about this book is that it gives us a very early picture into the struggle humans were having in understanding who the Almighty God truly was. Was he like all the other gods of the age- rewarding those who pleased him and punishing those who didn't? Or was this God somehow nearer, somehow more real and personal than any other concept of God? As Job wrestles with the "why" of his circumstances, he comes to know the "Who" standing behind them.
Job has MANY challenging verses and ideas. How are you processing them? What do you find difficult?
May you discover unique insights about God as you read through Job this, and part of next week!