Proper 23, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: Job 23: 1-9, 16-17
Job is in physical pain and his friends have told him to repent for his sins. They believe that Job must have sinned greatly because he is experiencing so much pain. This to them is the idea of God’s cause and effect – you do something bad so God makes you suffer, or you do something good and God blesses you. Job dialogues with his three friends and this part of the reading is his dialogue with Eliphaz. Job decides that he needs to speak with God face to face. He wants to present his case to God because he feels that he has been so faithful to God that he deserves a fair hearing before God. Job feels that God is absent because God does not immediately respond. Job feels alone and terrified and he would rather die. He has grown tired of defending his faith to his family and his friends.