The AxPx Podcast 6: Babies, Tobacco and The Book Of Job

Back from a 2 month hiatus with spit-up on my shoulder, I discuss fatherhood, pipe tobacco, scotch and then dive into The Book Of Job!



Show Notes:

 Music By:
Intro: Jesus, etc by Wilco from the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Song #1: Best Day Of My Life by The Candlepark Stars from the album Take Care and Safe Home
Song #2: The Job Song by Antioch Worship from the album No Other Name
Song #3: Rain (Setting Out In The Leaf Boat) by The Innocence Mission from the album My Room In The Trees
Closing: Nightcall by Kavinsky from the album Nightcall
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One Response to“The AxPx Podcast 6: Babies, Tobacco and The Book Of Job”

  1. Josephus
    September 14, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Another great show. Glad to hear you back on the mike. Your take on the book of Job (To be fair, you paraphrased your view, since you were more focused on the praise song, BUT then again, the praise song IS about the book of Job) was an interesting one, and I can see how you came to your conclusion. But for the purpose of discussion, (since that’s what you’re looking for) I feel that you might be missing some major points to the story. (Which I agree with you; it’s just a story)

    Your understanding of Job’s message is a common theological take on the book; That the story is basically about staying faithful no matter what kind of terrible things happen in life. But with any story that was told thousands of years ago, its only natural to try and understand it through our own eyes. The problem with doing that, in most cases, is that we take things out of context or misunderstand what the author or authors might have been really trying to say or trying to communicate. IMHO, There is nothing wrong with your understanding and its a great message to hear, but is it accurate?

    From what I’ve studied (Again, I am not a scholar. Just bringing up view points for a discussion) that there was more than likely two authors for the book of job and the two underlining messages are the following: We don’t know why we suffer and we shouldn’t question God or ask why. This view is a lot different than the view that we should just persevere through hardships and never give up. (Which again is a GREAT message, but probably not what the author(s) were trying to communicate)

    Extra credit (Just for fun):

    Why did God make the bet in the first place? Isn’t he God? What does he have to prove to Satan? (Which isn’t the same Satan from Hell; just an evil what have you) What does it show about God’s character for letting Satan test Job’s faith. If we are all God’s children, then why do such a thing?

    At the end, Job wants to declare his innocence, but God doesn’t allow him to speak. Then he repents, not because he did anything wrong, but because he thought he could make his case in front of God. God never gives him an answer on why he suffered or what he did wrong to be punished. But God did however proclaim that anyone that questions him will be withered on the spot, Squashed!

    I don’t agree with your assertion that God is innocent in this story. On the contrary, I think he is more guilty than Satan, since he allowed the suffering to happen in the first place.

    Good thing this is just a story, or that God fellow would appear to be a big meanie 🙂

    Your friend,


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