Job 1:21 – “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Not everyone thinks this famous confession, uttered by Job after all his sons and daughters had perished, is good theology.
Ben Witherington, whose daughter tragically died in 2012, wrote this:-
This reflects Ben’s Arminianism, but it does not accurately reflect what the book of Job is actually saying. Andy Naselli paraphrases the teaching of the book on this point:-
Meanwhile, unknown to Job, Satan joins the sons of God (apparently God’s angels) when they present themselves before God, and God initiates a discussion with Satan about Job (Job 1:6–8).Satan accuses Job of serving God merely because God has blessed Job, and God gives Satan permission to test Job but not touch him (Job 1:9–12).
God had made a promise to Abraham, and part of that promise was the Abraham would have a son who would carry on the family line. He and Sarah waited a long time, but the promised son didn’t arrive, and they were getting old. So Sarah said to Abraham: “Why don’t we take my maid-servant Hagar, and try for a baby with her?” So Abraham did, and along came Ishmael. So it seemed that Ishmael would be the promised son. …
With regard to the problem of evil, three things can be asserted with confidence:-
1. The evil reality of evil, Isa 5:20.
2. The all-embracing sovereignty of the Lord, Eph 1:11.
3. The perfect goodness of God and of his work, Gen 1:31.
There is, no doubt, great difficulty in reconciling these three, yet we hold them all to be true. Indeed, we find them intertwined on the cross, ‘an evil than which no greater can be conceived’ (Hick), which, nevertheless, was predestined by God, (Acts 4:28) and which was the ultimate expression of the goodness of God.…
My heart goes out to Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, whose wife and three teenage children were killed when their Leicester home was set alight two weeks ago. As a father myself, I can only begin to imagine the grief he must be experiencing at the moment.
I also admire Dr Taufiq’s attitude at this most difficult time. He has paid tribute to the Leicestershire Police, for their thorough investigation of the tragedy, anComplaining to d has expressed his ‘delight’ that community relations in Leicester have remained peaceful.…