Friday, January 07, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Job 10:20-22

"Let me alone,
that I may find a little comfort 
before I go, never to return,
to the land of gloom and deep darkness, 
the land of gloom and chaos,
where light is like darkness."
Job 10:20-22
 
Job is having a bad day -- needless to say. And needless to say, this is one of scriptures most vivid pictures of hell. The two phrases that grab me most here are:
 
"Where light is like darkness" -- Imagine standing in the middle of a maggot infested room. When the lights are off, you can pretend that the swarms of filth are not there, but what happens when you strike a match. The solid surfaces move. They crawl with infection.
 
In the hell of a swarming, polluted room -- as in the horrors of hell -- "the light [is actually worse than] darkness." Why? Because it illumines the terrors.
 
Do you like that vivid picture? Here's another ... "Never to return."
 
Now, in the face of this, Job -- and way too many people in our world -- say, "Leave me alone." The words just before this passage are, "the days of my life are few." Time is short. Who would you like to invite into a light that illumines even greater hope?
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who usually doesn't think like this
... but maybe should
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That image turned my stomach. However, light doesn't only illumine terrors here on earth, it also shows flaws and failure in a more glaring way. When lights are dim, you don't see the imperfections and the dirt like you do when they are fully shining.

I understand saying, "Leave me alone!"

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