Precisely my point (actually José Saramago's, in "Cain"). YHWH knows that Satan isn't going to win, yet
- he kills all of Job's children
- he takes away all the riches (killing animals and servants in the process)
- he gives Job a disease
And all this is just to prove what he already knew! By the way, so much for doing God's will and enjoying his blessings. He might take them away in a stupid bet.
I wonder if the movie "Trading Places", where Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are the subjects of a similar bet, was inspired in the book of Job.
I'm sure many a Bible scholar knows that the Book of Job isn't real. What's more, there are scholars who hold that much of it just wasn't so. Are we expected to base our morals in tales, then?
Looking at it if it was a REAL and TRUE historical fact, I can see your point, but as a moral lesson I can also see the point of the writer of Job.
Moral lessons VIA tales are very old and proven method of passing on lessons, ever culture and religion has them.
BUT, let us assume it was a real event and that God was real and that ALL of the bible is correct, ok?
What do we have then?
A person that God gave evertyhing to, his life, his health, his riches ALL belonged to God and God gave them to him.
Then God decided to take them back as a lesson to one of his angels and to all the others witnessing this "bet".
He took aways all that he had GIVEN Job and even his children ( which since they went back to God is not a bad thing for THEM if heartbreaking for Job).
Then, his point proven to Satan, the other angels and to Job himself, rewards Job with more than he ever had.
A harsh lesson and unfair one? harsh yes but unfair by WHO's standards?