So, Jim has tagged me for a fun little social blogging meme. So, first the rules:
- Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more (no cheating!)
- Find page 123
- Find the first five sentences
- Post the next three sentences
- Tag five people
The nearest book to me is Samuel Balentine’s commentary on Job. It could have been Hartley’s, Alden’s, or Pope’s respective commentaries on Job–but I was looking something up in Balentine’s. For those who may be interested, we’ve been going through Job in Sunday School, and I’ve been producing commentary-like handouts for the students. Perhaps I’ll post some of the more interesting resources I’ve come across at some point, but I digress. The appropriate sentences follow:
Given such a passion, it is no surprise that Job’s speech in these chapters does not yield to simple outlines and neat definitions, for nothing has yet been settled in this struggle between Job, the friends, and God. The Measure of Job’s vexation is that he is pulled in multiple directions but can find no comfort anywhere he turns. He looks within himself, measures the weight of his suffering against the reservoir of his person strength, and finds that he is too weak to help himself (6:1-13).