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There was an upright man who had a large family and owned a significant farming operation.  In a matter of days, it was all gone.  All of his livestock – dead.  All of his employees – dead.  All ten of his children – dead.  What is more, the man became very sick.  Terrible sores appeared over every inch of his skin – painful, itchy, loathsome sores.  To add insult to injury, the man’s three friends compounded his woes with bad advice and chastising critique.  Even so, the man didn’t interrogate God… at first.  But eventually, his sad travails led the man to question the point of his own existence.  What began as principled humility (“Shall we receive good from God and not evil?” – Job 2:10) became snide doubt (“What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?  And what profit do we get if we pray to Him?” – Job 21:15). 
Even so, the man never lost his faith.  What is more, the man never ceased taking his questions, confusion, and calamity directly to God. 
The book of Job is one of the most fascinating, difficult, confounding, and helpful stories in the entire Bible.  It has mesmerized Biblical scholars for centuries.  It tackles human suffering, divine sovereignty, and many of the most fundamental questions that have weighed on the conscience of all humanity for millennia. 

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