Jobine Theology Part 2 -- By: Ralph Rogers Hawthorne

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 101:402 (Apr 1944)
Article: Jobine Theology Part 2
Author: Ralph Rogers Hawthorne


Jobine Theology
Part 2

Ralph Rogers Hawthorne

(Continued from the January-March Number, 1944)

Darkness (See also Light).

The awful state of the wicked, groping in gross spiritual darkness, is here vividly portrayed. Shadows, darkness, blackness, night are contrasted with light and day. The former represent man’s natural state; the latter, the Lord of Glory. The expression occurs in one-third of the chapters. Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu have something to say relative to this subject.

2:4 -“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”

5:14 -“They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night” (Eliphaz).

10:21, 22 -“I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death: a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness” (Job).

12:22 -“He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death” (Job).

12:25 -They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man” (Job).

15:22, 23, 30 -“He belleveth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away” (Eliphaz).

17:12, 13 -They change the night into day; the light is

short because of darkness. If I wait, the grave is mine house; I have made my bed in the darkness” (Job).

18:6, 18 -“The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. He shall be driven from light ...

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