Abel is hated by his brother and since Cain's offer is rejected, he is detested even more. Perhaps Cain's only sin at this point is that he is trying desperately to win God's acceptance instead of being faithful and humble. Abel offers a sacrifice and trusts in God to make him acceptable. Cain offers a sacrifice trusting only in his own abilities to make him acceptable. Cain feels unacceptable and reacts with anger and resentment when God has no regard for his offer.
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God both rebukes Job and makes his most direct reply to Job's earlier question: "What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him? (21:15)" Gutierrez states that here Job realizes he has spoken out of ignorance and that he may come no closer to God than his vision of him, therefore Job repents. In conclusion, Gutierrez main point is clearly that in order to understand God and his divine plan, one must avoid "…the temptation of imprisoning God in a narrow conception of justice (91)." The book of Job reminds us that God is outside time and space and that He does whatever He wants despite what we as humans think is just.
How can a God like this be adored? The only conclusion to validate the way God treats Job is that Job is not innocent and his suffering is deserved. Chapter 1 of the book illustrates that God afflicted Job with suffering, even though he acknowledged Job was upright. Job supposes God is omnipotent and is capable of preventing his suffering, but decides not to, therefore he concludes that God is not
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