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The book of Job is the harrowing story of a man whose life changed so dramatically in the course of a few short days. It is about the problem of suffering, and the answer to the problem is not seen in the comments of Job's friends but in his own response to suffering. The book of Job teaches us how to respond to difficulties in our lives.

Job's acceptance of his loss is a model of piety. When Job responds with questions and even a measure of bitterness and anger, his frustration is always taken directly to God. Job never lost faith. He is a model of cross-bearing and he teaches us to persevere even in the most incomprehensible ways of God in our lives.

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“The book as a whole offers another way of looking at suffering. Suffering comes to Job in order to justify God’s claim to Satan that men can serve him without thought of what they gain from it.” (Page 15)

“Elihu, on the other hand, seems to point to another solution. Suffering, he thinks, may have nothing at all to do with some sin in the past; it may be in order to prevent a sin in the future.” (Page 14)

“Those who aggressively point out theological deficiencies in others must learn this lesson: that it is possible to be perfectly sound in theology and have a heart that is as cold as ice.” (Page 83)

“Bildad had called Job a ‘windbag’—suggesting that his words were not to be taken too seriously, but Zophar accuses Job of sinning with his mouth.” (Pages 113–114)

“Secondly, Zophar is wrong in suggesting that the kind of blessing/judgement people can expect is always a material one.” (Pages 121–122)

  • Title: The Storm Breaks: Job Simply Explained
  • Author: Derek W. H. Thomas
  • Series: Welwyn Commentary Series
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1995
  • Logos Release Date: 2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Job › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780852343364, 0852343361
  • Resource ID: LLS:WCS18JOB
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-08-28T18:23:51Z

Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the Jackson campus of RTS. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. In addition to serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine. A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin’s preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, (P & R) with Philip Ryken and Ligon Duncan. In 2004, Derek Thomas became Editorial Director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the editor of its ezine, Reformation 21 (www.reformation21.org ). His interests include the music of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner, and Gustav Mahler, and he has a passion for good coffee and blue cheese


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