Day 38 (Job 25:1-41:34)

Job cries out to God.

Good Eventide Lords and Ladies~

 Just to clear up one point of confusion– the main point to Fellowship February is to strengthen the level of community at CRBC.  The idea is to spend time with someone, couple, or family from CRBC in order to create a higher level of friendship, love, and comradery. 

 A have to confess, I got to chapter 32 of Job and completely changed my mind about the book.  I was not to keen on it early on.  Probably the bad press Job’s three friends dish out.  Job’s friend Elihu is cut from a different bolt of cloth.  Then when Ch. 38 rolled around, I felt the size of a pea.  Jeepers.  What a mighty God we serve, eh?

 Some info about Job:

 An important secret must be recognized to understand the book of Job.  Job and his friends all believe that he is on trial, but the secret is that it is God’s policies that are on trial.  Satan claims that God’s policy of bringing blessing on righteous people is flawed because they will then be motivated by prosperity rather than simply the desire to be righteous.  When Job begins to experience suffering, he likewise concludes that God’s policies are flawed if righteous people can be treated so harshly.  So the question is established: How should God run the world with justice in mind and still promote true righteousness?

 Job’s friends think that Job must be wicked because of his suffering.  Their advice reflects the standard conclusion that would be drawn in the ancient world: Deity has been offended by something and has brought punishment.  They believe that whether or not Job can identify what his offense might have been, he should just take any action that will appease the anger of deity so he can get his blessings back.  If Job does this, it would prove that Satan’s accusation was right– Job doesn’t really care about righteousness as long as he enjoys prosperity.  Job refuses (Job 27:16).

 Both Job and his friends believe that if God is just and truly runs the world, then the world must operate justly.  The book builds the case, beginning in the interlude in Job 26, that the actual foundation of the operation of the world is wisdom.  The justice of God’s policies is what is under investigation.  God does not try to defend His justice because no one is in a position to assess His justice.  To assess God’s justice in running the world, someone would have to have all the information about how the world is run.  God’s speeches make it plain that no one possesses such information (Job 40:8-14; 41:11).  The conclusion of the matter and the point the book intends to make is that the world is too complex for us to be able to have all the information that we would need to affirm that God is just.  We do have enough, however, to affirm that He is wise.  If we believe He is wise, then we can believe He is just.

 Job demonstrated that his righteousness was not simply a pursuit of blessing and prosperity.  Consequently, Satan’s accusation was shown to be false.  God demonstrated that the operation of the cosmos was based on wisdom rather than on a simplistic sense of justice.  Consequently, Job’s charge of injustice was also shown to be fake. God’s policies were thus vindicated, and He showed His renewed commitment to doling our justice in His wisdom by again heaping blessings on Job. 

 God administers the world in wisdom, and from His sovereign wisdom, justice results.   (The Essential Bible Companion)

 Have a great week.   Fare thee well, My Goodman and Adieu My Ladies.