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The Creation account according to the Book of Job

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The Book of Job, I believe is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. The climax of its message though unexpected, is intensely practical, with special relevance to needs of God's people in these days of widespread humanism and evolutionary philosophy. Colossians 2:8 (King James Version) warns us about this. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

Skeptics and liberals often deny that Job ever lived. To them, the story of Job is pious fiction, a great dramatic poem no doubt, but no more historical than other ancient epics. The author of Job presents his narrative as a true account, and it would have been blasphemous for him to describe events taking place in heaven and to devote four chapters to verbatim transcription of God's words, if it were merely a vehicle for him to present his own philosophy.

Many expositors maintain that the main theme to Job is the mystery of suffering. Yes, suffering is part of the Christian faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake" (Philippians 1:29). but it is not the only reason to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must believe He is Creator too.

Job himself had no solution, to his suffering and desperately appealed to God to provide one while steadfastly maintaining his faith in God and in an ultimate resolution. So, then, what is God's solution? When He finally enters the dialogue Himself, what does He say about this vexing problem of human suffering? Amazingly, God says nothing about it! What God does talk about is creation!

This leads us to the remarkable conclusion that a correct and complete doctrine of Creation (Genesis 1:1-31)(Genesis 2:1) is the answer to all the problems that burden this present hurting world. The Lord Jesus Christ wants the Christian to grow in grace and the knowledge of Him, ("But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18). And part of growing in knowledge is to believe fully in God's creation. Not theories or philosophies about the origin of the earth and the universe.

The creation message, direct from God that climaxes the Book of Job is unparalleled by anything else in the Bible. Even unbelieving scholars acknowledge it as one of the world's greatest masterpieces of literature but that is as far as they go. However, it is much more than that. It enables us to understand God's great love and His eternal purposes in a unique, though somewhat disconcerting and surprising way. It provides the long-needed key to effective and victorious living under circumstances of pain and sorrow.



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