Jean Cadier

Job 1:8

The Preacher

Jean Cadier has been since 1957 President of the Montpellier Theological Faculty and Seminary in France. Soldier in World War I, chaplain in World War II (he holds a double Croix de Guerre), he was ordained pastor in the French Reformed Church in 1924. He later became Professor of Systematic Theology at Montpellier, where he earned his D.D. Noted Calvinist scholar and President of the Conference of Churches in Latin Europe, his biography of Calvin is now also available in English.

The Text:

And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

The Series

This is the eighth feature of our 1962 series in which CHRISTIANITY TODAY has presented messages from notable preachers of God’s Word from the Continent and the United Kingdom. Future issues will include sermons from the Rev. J. A. Motyer, Vice-Principal of Clifton Theological College, Bristol, England; and the Rev. James Philip, minister of Holyrood Abbey Church, Edinburgh.

In vivid and poetic language the Book of Job propounds the problem, the only, the unique problem which haunts the human mind—the problem of suffering. I say puts the problem, I do not mean solves it. For that is one of the characteristics of the Bible: it does not give answers, it is not a book of philosophy to banish our difficulties. In recounting the story of Job, it puts aside all the false solutions, the imperfect and unjust ones, those of the troublesome comforters, the solutions which explain suffering as being a chastisement or an educating process.

For there is no solution—only the presence of the Sovereign God, saying out of the whirlwind, Who ...

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