Job 11 and 12
Anyone notice that nothing was actually said to Job. They accuse him but without cause or evidence… what is he supposed to do with that. Jesus is very clear about this in Matt 5 and 18…. bring an accusation only with cause. Paul goes further and says don’t even listen to an accusation without testimony made against church leaders. I find Job’s friends annoying. They accuse him without cause… someone else was called an accuser of the brethren… Satan. We should be careful in how we evaluate others while invoking scripture. Judge in the way we will be judged. I’m all for THE truth when it has the qualities of truth… it’s measurable and falsifiable and attested…. otherwise it’s just gossip and hurting more than helping.
With everything. With every breath… Praise the Lord! Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord!
Job 13 and 14
It’s always interesting to me how Job knows God truly… But not only a very small amount. He doesn’t understand God’s love or his favor. There is no revelation to him of redemption or the resurrection. His demand for an audience with God is pure spirit and truth. There is no sacrificial law of Moses to help him gain that audience… In this way… Job is a bit of a proto-gospel because he comes to God by faith…God answers him in a way he didn’t expect by showing him his true character. The key is in jobs plead for God to show himself. He wants it on his own terms… Not because Job is so wonderful but because he acknowledges that without that concession… He wouldn’t be able to make his case because God is too big to comprehend. This is an exasperated child begging to be understood and not meaning to be defiant.
Job 18 and 19
Here we see a glimpse that maybe, on some level, Job understands a bit of God’s character… He longs to see his redeemer the way our children’s minds soar at the thought that there are real heroes. We are primed to receive him. No wonder we are doomed when we don’t.