Job is believed to be the first book of the Bible written. I do not know how this could be confirmed, but I know I’ve heard it enough, so repetition makes all things true, right?
No? Oh. Huh, you learn something new every day.
Well, anyway, I’m going with the believed fact that Job is the first book of the Bible ever written. If that is the case, I wonder why? Here’s my theory.
Although the book of Job can make many points, it seems a main one is that people really don’t have a clue what God is doing or why He is doing what He’s doing.
Job’s friends pontificate for many a chapter, telling Job exactly what God is doing and why. Job isn’t sure what God is doing, but hangs in there anyway cuz he didn’t have much choice but to hang in there.
In the end, God’s message to Job is “Who are you in comparison to Me?” He tells Job to intercede for his friends because they were all wrong–God doesn’t operate the way they thought.
This is a fascinating point for God to make to begin His Book. It’s as if Job is a warning that we really have no clue and we really need a giant book to fill us in on what God is up to.
God is not easy to figure out. He can mix things up and He knows a lot of stuff behind the scenes we’re never aware of. Our need for faith is proved by our lack of awareness as to what is going on and why.
I like this theory. The Bible is here to fill us in, to keep us from assuming we know everything there is to know about God.
The Bible presents God as an individual, and although He is trustworthy, there are times when God seems to enjoy throwing people for a loop, just to keep us on our toes and depending on Him. I like that about Him!