jtrhart

Job the Lawyer

In the bible, theology on December 4, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Throughout the Book of Job, we come across passages that show one level of Job’s pain. Chapter 23:3-7 says this:

3 “Oh that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!
4″I would present my case before Him
And fill my mouth with arguments.
5 “I would learn the words which He would answer,
And perceive what He would say to me.
6 “Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?
No, surely He would pay attention to me.
7 “There the upright would reason with Him;
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.

Job just wanted his day in court with God. He thought that if he could just sit God down for a few minutes and talk to him as a neighbor (Job 16:21) then he could plead his case and God would see his side and he would be vindicated. This is a common thought to us all. “God would understand if He would just listen to me“. We tend to think that God is absent or is somehow missing a piece of information that if He had He certainly wouldn’t have let things get to the point they’re at. Or maybe we feel if we could just hear from God this one time, then all would make sense and be well.

Job missed out on something, and God taught him in chapters 38-41. God IS holy. God is not like us even though we are made in His image. God will not be spoken to as a neighbor, He will be revered. The holiness of God is an awesome thing and not something to be taken lightly.

Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
Indeed it is Your due!
For among all the wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.
Jeremiah 10:7

Job learned (42:2-3) that God knows all things, sees all things, and purposes all things. He learned that God hides things from man that He does not wish for us to know. He learned that God never has to explain His actions because He is God and there is none like Him. Job did not receive an answer to his question of why his troubles befell him but you can bet that he loved God more after seeing His holiness than he would have had he received his precious answer.

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