understand, job's quarrel with g_d was not because he felt that he was not subject or exposed to the normal vicissitudes of life, and the set backs and hardships that life visits on us all.
no, job rightly understood that he was pawn to greater struggle, and that the things he was made to suffer were largely the result of whimsy on the part of entities, things, forces which were beyond his control.
remember, he lost his crops, his sheep and live stock, his servants, his children all so that g_d could show satan the steadfastness of job's faith in the face of such adversity, for g_d was sure he could turn satan's taunt that he could make job curse g_d right "back atcha," ba'alzebub.
no, job knew he was pawn to titanic struggle, and he was bitter, and rightfully so. i await g_d's response to job, to see how it may be justified that a man's family can be wiped out over a bar bet, as it were.
his flocks and crops by all consuming fire, ... , to be told by the lone surviving servant, just so that he would know.
his sons and daughters killed in wind while they supped, ... , and job to be told by the lone surviving servant, just so that he would know.
sores. a nagging wife. you think maybe job didn't know who had set this in motion?
to inflict this upon job over a taunt from evil.
you remember in the "i love lucy" episodes, about every third one, when ricky ricardo would look at lucy, and say, "you got some splaining to do, lucy." remember. well, i have always thought g_d had some "splaining" to do on job's behalf, and about his conduct in not intervening to prevent satan's actions, ... , and i still do.
john jay @ 02.28.2010
p.s. what, he thought it was past job's comprehension? mine?