Job and the Beatitudes (Job 7;Matt 5:3-12)

Prescript: This is the text of a short sermon I delivered recently at the morning worship of an intensive course I am currently undertaking as part of my candidacy to the ministry.  As the leader of the worship, I was free to select the texts I wished to form the core of the service; and as I have been studying Job this last semester – and have been deeply moved by the experience – I chose to speak on Job and their relationship with the Beatitudes to try and discern how we might see both in a new light.  NOTE: this sermon is reconstructed from general notes, not a prepared text, so it may not be word-for-word what I said; but nevertheless should be very close.

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Most of us will be familiar with the film Monty Python’s LIfe of Brian, and those who are will recall the scene in which Jesus is delivering the Sermon on the Mount.  The camera pulls back and back and back until it provides the perspective of the people standing at the edge of the crowd; Jesus is a dim and distant figure who can hardly be heard.  The people are arguing among themselves what he is saying, until, in a typically Pythonesque voice, one of them says something like: Oh, he said “Blessed are the meek”! Oh, that’s nice, init? It’s about time the meek got something! Continue reading “Job and the Beatitudes (Job 7;Matt 5:3-12)”

Job: The God’s Eye View

The Book of Job is one of the most difficult and challenging texts in the entire Old Testament, one which challenges our preconceptions and overturns our notions about who God is and how God operates in the world.  It is a text we quite often approach with an “understanding” that arises from popular piety or from “insights” which have become proverbial as a consequence of the text’s fame; but we quickly discover that not only is such “wisdom” wholly inadequate, it is utterly wrong. Continue reading “Job: The God’s Eye View”