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Job 31-33:33

The last couple of days as I read through Job I keep thinking about his friends and their responses to Job and I have come to the conclusion, albeit a possibly wrong conclusion, that Job’s three friends were scared. They were afraid that what had happened to him might happen to them. In their need to understand something they found hard to grasp, they distanced the chance for calamity falling upon them, in their own minds, by detaching themselves from Job. The only way they could successfully delineate Job’s condition from their “wealth” was to rationalize in their own minds that Job had sinned and they had not.

Fear, a consequence of our sin nature, causes us to try to elevate ourselves too worthiness by pointing out and magnifying the flaws in others while we sugar coat the glaring sin in our own lives. All we are doing is whistling at the wind and hiding behind leaves we have sown together, trying to hide our nakedness from God. In our sense of inadequacy, we make our own laws then judge others by the laws we made as if we control the universe: In doing so we follow the sin of Satan who desired to be the Most High God. (Ezekiel 28:12-13)

II Corinthians 3:1-18

7 That old system of law etched in stone led to death, yet it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses' face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8Shouldn't we expect far greater glory when the Holy Spirit is giving life?

I have seen people “glow” with what had to be the glow of the Holy Spirit. People who are in the Marine Corp can identify each other when out of uniform because they have something called l’esprit des corps. I believe Christians should be able to identify each other without pins, flags, Christian speak, but by the way we carry ourselves, by the glow that comes from being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Unbelievers should be able to look at us and know that we have been with Jesus. They may not like it but they would sure have to respect it.

Psalm 43:1-5

Job could have written this Psalm, Job’s speeches could have been encapsulated in these five verses. There is nothing new or unique in the trials we experience and the pain we go through. What we experience, what Job went through is common to men and women living upon an earth beset with sin. What we have to remember and put our hope in is Jesus Christ that is the only way to survive intact the trials and tests that come our way.

Proverbs 22:8-9

8Those who plant seeds of injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will end.

We desire to get vengeance on our enemies but here it states the crop produced by evil deeds will devastate the one who sowed the seeds. Maybe in our cry of, “Lord, how long?” the plant is growing and the fruit is maturing. Maybe God is allowing the wicked to dig such deep pits in their attempt to entrap others that when they fall into it themselves, they will not be able to get out.

Grace and peace,

Psalm 43:1
Declare me innocent, O God!
Defend me against these ungodly people,
Rescue me from these unjust liars.

David cries that if God is his judge, his acceptance of David's conduct will be enough for him. He then could laugh at misrepresentation if his conscience knew that God was on his side.

When people are ungodly, it is no wonder that they are unjust. Those who are not true to God himself cannot be expected to deal rightly with people. We must insist upon qualities of godliness be present in our leaders.


in the picture, The Wrath of Elihu, you mentioned Job and his 4 friends...so is that an angel to the left? Thanks


That is an interesting idea that his friends were scared.

I think that an alternative possibility here is that his friends were worshiping a God who fit easily into the box that they had created for Him. This God was easy to understand and would only do things that make sense to him. He would bless those who followed him and curse those who didn't. Your health and wealth were easy ways of seeing where you stood with God. This sort of theology is especially easy to embrace if you happen to be well off in the first place. It is all about Karma and you only get what you deserve. The problem is that God doesn't work this way and there is no box which we can construct for which he is willing to play along. Unlike all other gods, he doesn't bend to our wills. Rather, he wills as he will and we must decide to follow.

It is possible that the God of Job is a God his friends were indeed afraid to follow. The ramifications of God with this level of freedom must have been a terrifying thought to them and is perhaps the same reason many today wish to make God in their image.

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