Sunday, November 02, 2008

Revelation: what the Bible writers didn't know

Okay, so Job is the oldest book of the Bible. (Genesis notwithstanding.)

I was pondering the idea of spiritual revelation of truth, as it occurs in the Bible.
What are we to make of this? We can be simplistic and say that if we take the books chronologically, then each book of the Bible adds some new revelation that the ones previous to it (in chronological order) did not add. In this way we would be assuming that if the author doesn't mention something then he doesn't know about it. I'm not sure if this is true or is even the right way to go about it. But hey, I'm lazy. I can't argue from omission pro or con anything.

After all, the writer of Job (some say the writer is Moses but that's neither here nor there) doesn't mention that the universe was made in six days or that God rested on the seventh day, but he does go on a great description about the imagination, uniqueness, and strangeness of creation. (Did you give the tail to the peacock?, etc) And Job -- (the first book, mind you ... a book about an Edomite (descendant or Esau, descendant of Isaac, descendant of Abraham but not a descendant of Israel) mentions the need for a God-man who will be able to put one hand on God and one hand on man and be equal friends to both. So who knows, what the writer of Job knew?

Well, let's guess. He apparently knew about Satan. And he also knew that Satan was once a son of God who also came to the court whenever he wished. He knew that Satan was an adversary and judge and trier of man. Note: The writer of Job knew this. By REVELATION. But I don't think Job knew this. Job and his wife thought all the bad stuff that happened to them came directly from God. In all Job's weeping, he pretty much thought it was God who gave good and brought evil. Which, come to think of it, is what many Christians and many Muslims and many Hindus (although they call it karmic debt) believe. When something bad happens to a Christian, we often say, "Nothing happens except God allows it." Or "He wouldn't have been born this way (or died this way) if God hadn't planned it." So we still have that idea, the same idea Job has.

Tomorrow, let's see what revelation we find in Genesis.
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