Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (17)

Job defends his integrity.

Seeing that Job has lost everything and suffers from painful sores, his wife advised him to “curse God and die.” “He replied, ‘You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.” Job 2:10, NIV. We should notice that Job did not sin in what he said. His speech and his self-imposed behavior were always proper. The problem was not in Job’s speech and his behavior, but his nature and his attitude. He would not curse God because he wanted to maintain his self-conceived integrity and righteousness. Job, because of his philosophy, misunderstood the actual source of human righteousness.

Job expressed his dismay to his friends, who came to sympathize with him, concerning his suffering. He saw no justification for it. Job curses the day in which he was born and implied that God acted in an unexplainable manner. “Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?” Job 3:23, NIV.  He maintains that neither God nor anyone else either, notice his integrity but are determined to cause him to suffer.

Then, one of his friends replied to Job and called his attention to the historical fact that the righteous did not suffer ever. “‘Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?'” Job 4:7, NIV. His friend also asked him, “Can a mortal be more righteous than God?'” Job 4:17, NIV. He then urges Job to humble himself and “appeal to God,” and consider that, “‘Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.'” Job 5:17, NIV. The Job’s friends were confident that Job is suffering the affliction because he may have sinned; whether knowingly or not. Job, however, insists that he did not sin. So he appeals to his friends, “’But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face? Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.’”

Job 6:28, 29, NIV.

To be continued.

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Dan Lazich

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