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The messengers tell Job of his misfortunes
Butts Set of Illustrations for the Book of Job
 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Wave after wave of messengers came to Job to inform him of his losses. Worldly losses often come in this way. Our lives are held together by fragile ties, when one part fails another soon follows. It takes time and effort to re-assimilate the broken pieces.
Each messenger thought himself to be the only one that escaped but it was not so. Others were aware of what was going on and were potential allies to Job as he tried to understand and mend the damage which which was taking place. Job and his wife were aware of the gravity of their situation and looked up to God for an explanation.
Jerusalem, Plate 43 , (E 191) "I come that I may find a way for my banished ones to return Fear not O little Flock I come! Albion shall rise again. So saying, the mild Sun inclosd the Human Family. Forthwith from Albions darkning rocks came two Immortal forms Saying We alone are escaped. O merciful Lord and Saviour, We flee from the interiors of Albions hills and mountains! From his Valleys Eastward: from Amalek Canaan & Moab: Beneath his vast ranges of hills surrounding Jerusalem. Albion walkd on the steps of fire before his Halls And Vala walkd with him in dreams of soft deluding slumber. He looked up & saw the Prince of Light with splendor faded Then Albion ascended mourning into the porches of his Palace Above him rose a Shadow from his wearied intellect:"