We are closing in on the last chapters of both Genesis and Job. Think about where we have traveled thus far. The God Story gives the best understanding of human origins you can find anywhere in historic world literature.
The conflict between Jacob and Esau is classic. Shared history. Distinct differences since birth. Divergent standards. Contrasting relationships with mom and dad. Alienation. Eventual restoration. Epic.
Most beauty comes through adversity. It is not about personal perfection. It is about our ability to adapt. It is about our ability to forgive. To know God and love our neighbor.
“Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite.” – Hebrews 12:15-16
Job’s friends are just about finished talking. All of their words pave the way for Job’s epic encounter with God. Job has suffered. He has cried out. He has processed the words of his friends. And now he will face his Creator one on one. Even more epic. Epic-er even.
Enjoy the read – good stuff coming soon in Exodus and Leviticus!