2019-6-15

约伯记24章

23和24章是约伯的另一篇自辩。23章最后16-17节是24章的引子:“神使我丧胆,全能者使我惊惶。 我的恐惧,不是因为黑暗,也不是因为幽暗蒙蔽我的脸。”那么,什么使他恐惧呢?在之后的24章,约伯详细地阐述。他指出世上因为恶人横行而令穷人穷苦贫困。其实,自从罪从一人入了世界,这现象已经存在,直到今天,约伯指出的恶人与穷人的问题,没有任何解决方法。人想尽办法自救,可惜所有自救的努力,全是水中捞月。而根据希伯来文学的结构,24章作为诗体,中心讯息是第12节:“在多民的城内有人唉哼,受伤的人哀号,神却不理会那恶人的愚妄。”

也许约伯把自己的苦况与唉哼与哀号的人相结连,然后,根据自己眼下的境况与他人的哀号,他埋怨说,“神却不理会那恶人的愚妄。”第一节他质问道:“全能者既定期罚恶,为何不使认识他的人看见那日子呢?”如此,他以自己的辨证为依据,断定神行事不够意思。回应第一节,约伯挑战说:“若不是这样,谁能证实我是说谎的,将我的言语驳为虚空呢?”(25)

和约伯一样,我们经常试着以自己的辨证与逻辑证实自己比神还高明些。

— David Yip

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Job 24

Here Job expresses more from his heart loudly. You can broadly see three kinds of people he thinks God is ignoring. Those who do bad things (v. 1-12), those who purposefully hide away from good (v. 13-17), and those who abuses their power (v. 18-25). Why does it seem like God is allowing all these bad things to happen in this world? The answer might surprise you-part of the answer can be found in the next chapter. Moreover, God allow bad things to happen in this world in order to show His power and glory.

Critical Thinking Questions
Have your faith in Jesus been influenced by seeing all the bad things happening around you?

— Isaac Chang

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