The story you are about to read is not a happy tale. If you are looking for a story full of smiles and sun shine you should look elsewhere. Our story is a tale of misplaced faith, a tale of betrayal and of pettiness. Our story in fact is the story of a man from Uz, a man who hated evil, loved his family and quite rightly so feared god. This man's name was Job.
Job was the quiet pious sort, not a care in the world, wealthy having seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, and of course five hundred she asses. Not only was he rich in material possessions, Job had an amazing family seven sons and three daughters. Job was a man who had it all, until one day……
A fallen angel arrived unannounced or invited to a heaven work function on the outskirts of Uz, there was much to drink so the extra tag along had not effected the party budget. God after sighting Satan said to him, "that is Job down there in the valley, he is pious and there are no other servants like him in the land, he praises and loves me." To which the lord of darkness replied "he only loves you because of what you have given him, take t away and he will curse you" God says to Satan "that sounds like a bet your on."
Back in the land of Uz Job is visited by three messengers, the first approaches job to tell him, that all of the oxen had been slain and the she asses. Not only that but the bandits had put his servants to the blade. Before Job could deal with this grievous news a second messenger arrives to tell job that the fires of god had consumed his sheep and that only he had survives the flames. Job was over come with grief, but as they say bad luck always comes in threes. The final messenger arrives to tell job his family had been crushed, the roof of his brothers house had collapsed there are no survivors. Job of course distraught, did want any father would do, he shaved his head and prayed to the God that had taken the joys of his life from him.
God speaks to Satan once more, "You have cursed him yet he still loves me, he praises me, by the way you owe me a Tenner." To which Satan replies "double or nothing, he still has his health what if I curse his body surely he will hate you then." God says "ok but I will watch over him, leave him his life and we shall see."
Satan strikes Job down with boils and blisters and curses his health. All is lost to Job no family no health nothing except the desert. Job curses God and wishes for death, Satan wins the bet. Job is covered with the blisters and boils, he turns his back on god, speaks ill of him. He is left in this state until he repents for cursing god.
God in turns gives Job not just his old crappy family but a new family, with more sons and more daughters, and more oxen and she asses and Job lives to a ripe old age a happy man.
This is a story with mixed messages, is it a story of great faith will be rewarded or the folly of faith. This story is analogous to that of a wife coming home to an abusive husband, stays from great love or great fear. The trials of Job are not productive and not within the Modus operandi of omni benevolent being.