“He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.”
Who is Job describing in this passage? God? Satan? Specific figures in history? These actions and behaviors could be legitimately attributed to any of these. Think of someone you know who longs to have children, but cannot. Consider the plight of a godly woman whose husband was taken from her before his time. Who are the biblical figures that fall into these categories? Why did the Lord include their stories in the Scriptures? Read the second sentence above: could Job not be referring to Christ, Satan, God the Father, Pharaoh or Hitler? Read it again with each of these in mind. Do any other names apply? Why does God include passages like this in the Bible, without giving us clear guidance on who He is talking about? Does it really matter? Are the answers to these questions worth seeking? How would you begin finding them out?