With that being said, one of my biggest pet peeves is the idea that Job, was not a real person. I was told this at a more liberal university, and I have actually heard preachers preach this. This deeply saddens me because the story of Job, if true, paints such a beautiful picture of God's sovereignty and dealing with suffering in a godly manner. If Job is not true, then it's merely a story from which we can learn a moral. There is more peace in the sufferings I go through in knowing that Job was a real man, and suffered in a real way. The following are just a few reasons why I believe this to be true.
- Job was mentioned by name, the book doesn't merely begin: There was once a man who had a lot of money, a big family, health, and then lost it all. The book begins: "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job." If God had intended this book to be an allegory He would not have specifically named this man, I believe He would have spoken in more general terms.
- Job is mentioned other places in the Bible, in several cases alongside people whose existence is not questioned. If Job were not a real person he would not be mentioned in the same breath as Noah or other people who are found in the Bible. (Gen 46:13 Ez 14:14 James 5:11)
- God has the ability to inspire any person at any time to record His Word. Much of the debate surrounding if Job were a real person is because no one is truly sure who wrote Job. It could have been Moses, Solomon, or maybe Job himself. It doesn't particularly matter, because ultimately it is a record of true events God wanted included in His scriptures.
My rant is over for now..........