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The LORD, God and the Book of Job

I was watching Rob Skiba’s latest video, and in it he mentioned a passage from the Bible how there are supposedly “storehouses of snow” (Job 38:22). Skiba suggested the possibility that this should be interpreted literally. I had a look of it, although I had no great insight on its meaning. I did notice something else that is quite interesting in the Book of Job though.

Before I get to it though, I should point out something else. In the Old Testament God is referred to by a few different names. Sometimes it’s God, or Elohim in Hebrew, other times it’s LORD, Yehovah in Hebrew. I think sometimes it’s also LORD God, Yehovah Elohim. The word Elohim is plural, which has led some to interpret it to mean a multitude of gods, or perhaps a pantheon. This may or may not be accurate. Another possible interpretation is that God/Elohim and LORD/Yehovah refer to two different characters.

In Genesis 1, the word for God is always Elohim, and it continues until the beginning of Genesis 2. This starts with God creating the world and ends with him resting on the seventh day. After that starts the story of Eden with Adam and Eve. From then on God is called LORD God, Yehovah Elohim. Possibly these two Gods are two different characters.

Let’s jump to the Book of Job. The story should be familiar, but I’ll recount it quickly. Satan and the sons of God (presumably the same ones that had offspring with the daughters of men in Genesis) came to God, or rather the LORD (Yehovah). Job was a wealthy and happy man with a big family who was righteous, praised God and all that. Satan said to the LORD then that Job only praises God because he is so well off. The LORD granted Satan the power to take away Job’s wealth and eventually even to give him hideous boils. Job lost almost everything and got terribly ill. After a while his friends come to see him. They discuss the reason for Job’s predicament, and Job laments him state, and basically says it’s unfair what has happened to him. He claims to be sinless. Eventually the LORD comes to talk to him as well.

The Book of Job sometimes refers to God as Elohim, and sometimes as LORD or Yehovah. When Satan and LORD have discussions together, the discussion is always with the LORD, not God. Job 1:20-22 says as follows:

Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

 

Here it would seem that LORD and God are synonymous. However, when Job refers to God, he says LORD, but when the narrator of the Bible refers to God, he says God. Maybe Elohim and Yehovah are two different beings, but Job doesn’t know it. I’ll get back to that later.

Job 19:21 recounts Job lament his condition:

“Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. ”

According to the Brown-Driver-Briggs dictionary that is in the e-Sword Bible software that I am using, the word which has been translated “touched” is “naga”, and can also mean “to strike”, i.e. “hand of God hath struck me”. However, more interesting is the notion of hand of God. The word for God here is not Elohim, nor even Yehovah, but “eloahh”. According to the above-mentioned dictionary it has two meanings:

1) God

2) false god

Was Job struck by a false god or God? Or perhaps the phrase “hand of God” refers to a person, like in the Game of Thrones there is a person with a high rank known as the Hand of the King, or King’s Hand. He is sort of like Prime Minister who takes care of important affairs of the king. Might the LORD or Yehovah be a powerful angel who takes care of affairs for God such as Lucifer or Metatron?

The LORD arrives on the scene in Job 38. It is said he “answered Job out of the whirlwind”. First of all, I find this entrance curious. Why would God need a whirlwind or a hurricane to travel? Moreover Ephesians 2:2 says that Satan, or another malevolent character, is “prince of the power of the air”. Using whirlwinds to travel around, power of air…

After that the LORD starts exclaiming how dare Job claim he has been treated unfairly, and the LORD brags about the various feats he can do far beyond the scope of mortals. This goes on for a while. It sounds very prideful to be frank. Now what was Lucifer’s sin, I wonder?

Job 38:6  says:

“Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;”

Isn’t cornerstone something the Freemasons are harping on about? This LORD sounds like the Grand Architect or the Demi-Urge of the world, not the real God.

Let’s continue to Job 38:7:

“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

Morning stars, many Lucifers? The LORD seems to have impressed the sons of God, who are, according to my understanding, the angels who rebelled against God.

Another interesting, although somewhat unrelated piece of information I found was in Job 38:32:

“Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?”

According to e-Sword dictionary Mazzaroth refers to the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Christians tend to think that astrology is of the devil. Maybe they are right, and the LORD is the devil, or if the LORD is actually God, he seems to be proud of the Zodiac.

The last chapter of the Book of Job stars as follows:

Job’s Confession and Repentance
Job 42:1  Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 42:2  I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
Job 42:3  Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
Job 42:4  Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. 
The Lord Rebukes Job’s Friends
Job 42:7  And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

The key phrases are: “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite…”

Does not the LORD here admit he was wrong, and say he abhors (alternative meanings: reject, despise, refuse) himself? Maybe I interpret this wrong, but this is how I see this. Basically the LORD fell for Satan’s trick, and allowed Job to be tortured. After Job complains about it, first the LORD makes a grandiose show of how dare he, but in the end he admits his mistake. This is not the infallible God.

My interpretation is that the LORD, at least in the Book of Job, is a fallen angel, possibly Lucifer or Metatron, who used to be God’s right hand man, but now pretends like he is running the whole show. Job possibly does not know this, and might be under the impression that whatever the LORD does has been sanctioned by God. Satan appears to be a different character than the LORD though, since they have conversations together.

 

 

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