“Why do good people suffer?” (Job 1:1, 2:1-10) Sunday January 8, 2016
Call to Worship:
L: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me!
P: You are clothed with majesty, and wrapped in light as a garment.
L: You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken.
P: From your lofty abode you water the mountains and the earth is satisfied.
L: O Lord, how manifold are your works!
P: In wisdom you have made them all!
Scripture (Job 1:1, 2:1-10)
Our reading comes from the book of Job.
1There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 1One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord. 2The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” 3The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason.” 4Then Satan answered the Lord, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. 5But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” 6The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life.”
7So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. 9Then his wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.” 10But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
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