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Job 10:8-12 – Job Remembers That God Lovingly Created Him

Summary

Job becomes nostalgic as he thinks about God as the loving Creator who brought him into life and sustained him through the years. Why would such a God now turn against him to destroy him?

Analysis

After outbursts of anger and direct confrontation with God in chapters 7 and 9, Job now quiets down and seems to be puzzled and hurt by what a loving God has done to him. The description of how God formed him shows God's personal involvement in the process. Job believes that he is God's creature, shaped and given life by God's own hand. Job is confused by God's strange rejection of the one God had lovingly made. What happened? What did Job do to bring about this change? Is it God who has changed? Why does a parent suddenly turn against her own flesh and blood? Why does an artist smash into pieces a favorite vase that he had once looked on with great pride? What causes profound love to turn into indifference or hostility?

It just does not make sense. Job is confused and hurt. Does God still love him or not? Did God ever love him? Will God love him again? At this point in his journey of suffering, Job cannot answer these questions with any kind of certainty.

Job 10:8-12


8 Your hands fashioned and made me;
   and now you turn and destroy me.*
9 Remember that you fashioned me like clay;
   and will you turn me to dust again?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
   and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh,
   and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12 You have granted me life and steadfast love,
   and your care has preserved my spirit.

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