Wow! Sorry, but I have to say that’s pretty brutal of You to sick the devil on Job. I mean, You knew he would do that, is there a 1 reason behind this?
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.
And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great” (Job 2:1-13).
1 What God did to Job is the same thing He did to Abraham when he told him to sacrifice Isaac. He was testing Job, and it may seem unfair and unloving, but actually it’s a blessing for God to test you.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees” (Heb 12:6-12).
The Kirta Epic
In 1930 Excavators at Ras Shamra discovered the fragments of an epic poem among the writings of Ugarit.
The text, called Kirta (or Keret) after the name of its hero, is sometimes compared to the story of Job or to that of David.
There are similarities, but we are wise to exercise caution not to make too much of these correlations.
The poem depicts Kirta as a king who loses all of his wives and children to various disasters.
He weeps bitterly, but in a dream the God El tells him what to do: He must make a sacrifice to El and then lead his army in an assault on the city of Udmu.
He complies, with the result that Paul, king of Udmu, submits to Kirta and allows him to take his daughter Hurraya as his wife.
Hurraya bears Kirta many children, after which he falls seriously ill, apparently because of a failure to keep a vow to the goddess Ashera.
Hurraya proceeds to prepare a banquet to mourn her husband’s grave condition, and his son lluhau and daughter Thitmanatu especially grieve the prospect of his death.
El then fashions a female healer, who restores Kirta’s health. After this, however, another of Kirta’s sons, Yassubu, declares that Kirta is no longer fit to reign and asks him to abdicate so that he, Yassubu, may take his place.
The tale ends somewhat inconclusively, with Kirta cursing Yassubu.
The Epic of Kirta at least superficially recalls the story of Job: It portrays a hero who loses his children (Job 1) and his health (ch. 2) but who also moves toward restoration (ch. 42).
And the rebellion of Yassubu recalls Absalom’s attempt to usurp the throne (2 Sam 15-18) in the story of David.
Even so, the difference between Kirta and the Biblical narratives are enormous, and we can hardly suggest that either Scriptural account may have been derived from Kirta.
Even the similarities are apparently coincidental: The account of Absalom’s rebellion, for example, has nothing in common with that of Yassubu beyond the fact that both concern a son who desires to overthrow his father (hardly an unusual theme in ancient monarchical societies).
While Kirta is a pagan tale of myth and magic that follows the ups and downs in the career of its hero, the Biblical texts focus on the repercussions of human behavior and the theological problem of evil.
Job in particular wrestles with the questions of justice, suffering and divine involvement in the world on a profound level, while Kirta does none of this.