Job had heard of God from Elihu. Before that he had heard of God via “oral tradition.” His father told him of God. His grandfather had told his father. His father told him and his father’s father’s father had told him.
This was how knowledge of God was told, through families and friends telling others about what God had done in the past.
On occasion God intervened and interacted directly with people. Noah, for instance. Abraham is another example. Jacob yet another one.
But less and less, apparently, by the time Job comes along (a couple of generations after Jacob).
Job was a special case, though. If anyone ever needed to hear directly from the Lord, it was Job! And this is exactly what Job had been seeking.
But be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!
Fast forward 1800 years. It is just after sunset of a very momentous day.
The women in the group came banging on the door very early in the morning.
“Angels!” they said. “Tomb empty!” they exclaimed. “He’s alive!” they shouted!
Then two other disciples rushed up the stairs and into the room – the dust of the road to Emmaus still clinging to them.
“He spoke to us!” they announced! “He broke bread for us!” they further explained, in awe.
Then Jesus was suddenly there with them. Even though the door was locked, there he stood.
“Peace be to you.”
But Thomas was elsewhere. He came back later and they all told him, mostly all at once!
“Angels!” “Tomb empty!” “He’s alive!” “He spoke to us!” “He broke bread for us!”
He gave us his peace!
“I hear you speak of him with my ears, but I won’t believe until I see with my eyes and hands!”
Once week later, Jesus shows up again.
“Peace be to you.”
This time Thomas is there. He hears. He sees. He touches. He believes.
“My Lord and my God!”
Like Job, Thomas repents of his unbelief. Like Job, Thomas is forgiven and restored.
Like Thomas, Job will also intercede for others. Thomas will take the Gospel of the resurrected Lord to the world.
Job will pray for his three friends.
What will we do with our belief in God?
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