This is a brief follow-up to the post “Peter: Sifted Like Wheat.” In this post, I make the claim that the Church is built, in some real sense, on Peter, per Christ’s […]
Why Peter? For the same reason Satan chose Job… and Satan can’t have been ignorant of Christ’s proclamation concerning Peter, especially considering that Jesus again made it personal by specifying that the Church built on Peter would tear down the very Gates of Hell.
Job wishes the pain to leave him, and he wishes his friends would leave him. But above and beyond all, he wishes for God to be near him. Because contrary to all his friends, and contrary to Satan, Job is no blasphemer. Job shouts at God louder and fiercer than any atheist… because he desires an answer.
(Part 2)…When Satan insists that Job only loves God for the stuff God gives him, Satan says just as loudly and directly that God is not lovable. That is the heart of Satan’s attack: he aims to prove that God, in and of himself, cannot be loved. [ 750 more words ] …
In The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton calls Job “one of the colossal cornerstones of the world,” and in his brief introduction to the book of Job (read it!), he calls it one of the most interesting […]
There was nothing more to said, nothing more to be heard, because even the words of the wise were vain and meaningless.
And then something happened that had never happened before… Here, finally, in the fullness of time, was something new, something that that was not vanity and a chasing after the wind… God does not do meaningless things.
“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and placed me in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones. He made me walk all around among them. I realized there were a great many bones in the valley and they were very dry… Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are all the house of Israel. Look, they are saying, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope has perished; we are cut off.’”