After having been smitten by Satan, who acts by the permission of the Most High, (Book of Job, chapter 1 and 2) Job have some reason to lament. This he does by describing a kind of seven-fold darkness, in the third chapter of the Book of Job:
“Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. ” (Book of Job chapter 3: 3 – 7)
So he lamented, prayed and pondered initially, while his three friends listened. Where not the prophets of old, the prophets of the Bible, sometimes, in similar manner, caused to lament, to thoroughly study the “seven-fold darkness” that suddenly fell upon them ?
Haven’t you read Jeremiah, or Zephaniah, the prophet of Christ: ” The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.” Book of Zephaniah chapter 1:14-16) ?
The Book of Job (after all it’s a Book that tells us something about that GOD COMES in time !) speaks about darkness.
What is the meaning of darkness? It is somehow the theme of the Book of Job. It is what he and his three friends start to discuss. Is this darkness testifying against this servant of the Lord – Job – or is it not.
Who can follow them through that discussion?