Old Testament Summary Lesson 32: “I Know That My Reedemer Liveth”
- Book of Job Focuses on the Lord Rather than on Job: The agency that mankind was given allows a choice of following the Lord with progress that develops Godlike characteristics or following our own inherent aptitudes accepting the less-than-maximum rather than the full possibilities that God gave us.
- A Look at Job’s Home: : “Job, like Abraham, had open doors on all four sides of his house so that strangers might have easy access. Breaches of hospitality . . . were considered punishable offenses.” (Encyclopedia Judaica Jr.)
- The Book of Job Makes Three Main Points: “. . .that there is no causal connection between earthly suffering and moral evil (that is, the good may suffer at least as much as the bad), that the vast beauty, power and complexity of Nature are a proof of an omnipotent order beyond human understanding, and that the gulf between man’s actual fate and what he thinks he deserves is a fact about which God prefers to remain silent.” (Encyclopedia Judaica Jr.)
- Responsibility of Suffering: “Some thinkers suggested that the innocent suffer in this world so that their share in the world to come will be greater, but other philosophers rejected this idea. Another solution suggested was that”when a man sees that he is suffering, let him examine his deeds.” The rabbis of the Talmud believed that it is a great religious virtue to bear one’s suffering “with love,” i.e., patiently and without becoming rebellious.” (Encyclopedia Judaica Jr.)
- Do You Accept Job’s Lesson on Atonement? “When the prophets speak of an infinite atonement, they mean just that. Its effects cover all men . . . the sense is expressed in Job 33:24: `Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.’ Redemption from death, through the sufferings of Christ, is for all men, both the righteous and the wicked; for this earth, and for all things created upon it.” (Compendium pp. 8-9.)” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, Pg.64)