April 1, 2019 Word of the Week

“My God, My God why have you forsaken me”? We are all familiar with this Good Friday lament. The Story of Job many consider a parable rather than actual history, that is a story to teach an actual spiritual lesson. In the story Job we me Satan, but this is not the Satan of the New Testament. In the Hebrew we meet ha-Satan, "the Satan.". Many bible translations omit “the”, and what we really have here is more of “the office of”. Satan translates here as “the accuser”, The accuser says to God, he is faithful when things are going well, would that be true when they are not?

The story debunks the idea that good things happen when we are good and bad things happen when we are bad. We would like to think that those who are corrupt, dishonest, or bad will get their just deserts, but that is not always true from our perspective. We also like to think that good people will be rewarded and that is not always true from our perspective. The story is about having faith through the bad and the good. Later in the story of Job we find that God has a much wider view than just little old me, more may be at play. We also know from the New Testament that God is with us, Christ is with us and the Holy Spirit are with us. Bad things and suffering may happen, but it is faith that will get us through those times.

 

Prayer: I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen. (Psalm 121).