Where would Job get such inner strength and commitment? Why would a loving God punish a faithful man to the point of near collapse? What does it take to be a true survivor?
Key words: Job Zophar trust obey survive hardship
Sample of script:
Scene opens as Zophar enters stage. He moves to center stage, obviously troubled. Looks up at audience, and is surprised to “see” someone there. Entire monologue will be directed at an imaginary person in the audience.
Zophar: Dear friend! Wait, wait, please! I beg of you, stay a while! I can scarcely find strength to ask, but I need your wisdom. It is I who now needs counsel. Yes, I know it’s strange, but indeed I, Zophar, need your help. I think you know what humility it takes for a man of my station to ask advice. So please, let this be an indication of how great my need truly is.
Pauses for a moment as if waiting for a response.
Zophar, relieved: Praise be to God! Thank you for your willingness to stay a while and listen to an old man’s ramblings. God will bless you and your household for your kind servanthood.
Pauses and looks to audience.
Zophar: You ask how I can be so sure of this blessing? My dear friend, have you not heard? Surely you must know. Well, this truly is God’s timing, as this blessing is the very cause of my confusion. Perhaps you can help me sort things out. Sit a while as I begin to sort out these days’ events.
My dear friend, Job, has traveled through unimaginable trials recently. Job, of Uz, in all respects, a pillar of society. A loving family man, a successful businessman, and a man completely devoted to God, a father of seven sons and three daughters. Owner of seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred pair of oxen, five hundred donkeys and many, many servants. The richest person in the East. Job had everything anyone could ever dream of.
Well, one day, while his family was off attending a feast, a servant ran to Job, telling him that while his servants were plowing with the oxen, and his donkeys were nearby eating grass, a gang of Sabeans attacked and stole the oxen and donkeys. All the other servants were killed and this one servant was the only one to escape and tell Job the news.
Well that report had barely left the servant’s mouth when another servant came barging in with news of more devastation. He told Job that God sent down fire that killed his sheep and his servants. He was the only servant to escape and able to come and tell Job the news.
Before that servant finished speaking, a third one ran up to Job and said that three gangs of Chaldeans attacked and stole all of Job’s camels. All the servants except he who bore the news were killed.
Still another servant rushed in, telling old Job that while his children were attending the feast, a windstorm from the desert blew the house down, crushing all Job’s children. This servant was the only survivor.
Well news such as this would destroy any man. But then, Job is not any man. After the news of all this devastation and loss, Job utters these words, “The Lord alone gives and takes. Praise the name of the Lord!”. Then, to increase poor Job’s anguish, he becomes painfully stricken with sores from head to toe.
Having heard this news, I knew I had to rush to the side of my dear broken friend. Surely Yahweh had commanded some extreme punishment for terrible wrongs Job had committed. I knew I had to see him, so I, along with Eliphaz and Bildad, journeyed to our battered Job’s side.
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