4 And his sons visiting one another prepared a banquet every day,
taking with them also their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5 And when the days of the banquet were completed, Job sent and
purified them, having risen up in the morning, and offered sacrifices
for them, according to their number, and one calf for a sin-offering
for their souls: for Job said, Lest peradventure my sons have thought
evil in their minds against God. Thus, then Job did all the days.
Though many take the parties Job’s children held rather lightly, there are some considerations that suggest dire implications looming large for Job and his household.
- The sons are getting drunk every day, at least Job seems to think so.
- Drunkenness in the OT is associated with unwise and shameful behaviour and uncovering yourself.
- The daughters are taken to these drinking bouts!
- The sons seem to show no signs of repentance.
- At the rate Job is making atonement by sin-offering 7 calves a day, even his wealth is in serious jeopardy.
Why doesn’t Job just discipline his sons and end this vicious cycle of sin, sacrifice and atonement, isn’t it his duty as father to teach his children the commandments instead?