Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Job and repentance

Divine discipline is indeed the dominant remedy for sin. Job’s friends and Elihu echo this principle of divine discipline and stress as well the importance of prayer and repentance as a remedy for sin in response to discipline. Job’s problem is not with these remedies for sin but rather with the absolutizing of the world view that assumes all suffering is directly related to sin and thus demands repentance. It is interesting, however, that in the end Job does repent, not of sin, but rather of his expectation that Yahweh is accountable to him for his administration of his retribution principles.”—A Severe Mercy, pages 507-508

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