Job

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:

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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?

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Eliphaz was afraid he was too impatient to say something : “If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?but who can withhold himself from speaking?” (Book of Job 4:2)

And Job realized that he was too affected to speak the way  he would like to do:” .. Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.” (Book of Job 6:3)

Is not that the way it is when it comes to our words about  God? They where too early spoken. Or much too diffuse –

 1There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

2And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

3His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

4And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

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