We don't even know the name of this week's lady. And that is a shame.
We can learn a lot from Job's wife!
She has been the subject of many a sermon; usually she is held up and condemned. Some people even think that Job's wife was just another "cross" that Job was called upon to bear. Did you know that Augustine, living and writing centuries ago, called her "the devil's accomplice"!
We often talk about the Bible's Hall of Fame . . . surely if there was a Hall of Shame, then Jezebel, Delilah, and others would be there. But does Job's wife belong there? Maybe we have rushed to judge her. We're all caught up in Job's part of the story; we feel for him. Our sympathies go out to him. But what about his wife?
Not so much, usually.
Let's see if perhaps there are some gaps in our understanding. We might need to set the record straight, or we might find that she truly was a harpie!
The book of Job begins with a fairly cosmic argument. I mean, it's not all that often that Satan and God have a chat about how things are going on the earth, much less single out one person to critique, right? (Grin)
Let's read some verses for background, before we dive in. This is lengthy, but we need to refresh our memories before we study this:
What a story . . . . like many in the Bible, it has been the topic of heated discussions. But we don't need to get involved in questions about why Satan talked to God, why God allowed these things to happen, or anything like that. Our focus is going to be on two godly people -- Job and his wife.
She may not have been the primary target here, but she was definitely caught in the crossfire, right? It would seem logical that every hardship that Job endured was also keenly felt by her.
Let's think on this till we study next time. I'll be interested in opinions on our study; feel free to comment.