Why Do the Righteous Suffer??? – part 2

You can find part 1 here.

Looking at the overview chart of Job (available on downloads page) you can see that the narrative portion of the book is finished.  Chapter 3 begins to explore the reactions and explanations that Job and his four friends have to the dilemma of Job’s suffering presented in chapters 1-2.

Chapter 3 is Job’s cry of despair.  It’s one of those things where you’ve been in the situation, just trying to survive the ordeal, and now that you’ve come out alive and the dust is beginning to settle, you have this sinking feeling of despair that comes over you as you think about everything that has just happened to you.

Job begins a downward spiral of despair cursing the day of his birth (Job 3:1-10).

After curing the day of his birth, the “why” questions begin to pour out of Job…

Job 3:11-12,
“Why did I not die at birth,
come out from the womb and expire?
Why did the knees receive me?
Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?”

Job 3:16,
“Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child,
as infants who never see the light?”

Job 3:20-22,
“Why is light given to him who is in misery,
and life to the bitter in soul,
who long for death, but it comes not,
and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
who rejoice exceedingly
and are glad when they find the grave?”

Job 3:23,
“Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
whom God has hedged in?”

I think what Job expressed in chapter 3 is exactly what we do when bad things begin to happen to us.  We get depressed and we ask “why”.

In the next post we will explore how Job and his friends try to come up with a solution to the problem of Job’s suffering.  Stay tuned.

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